I took 4 days off from the gym as part of my 'mini-vacay' and used that time to review the last few months of my fitness journey. A quote I read a while back popped into my head and I wanted to share it with you!
"Be stubborn about your goals, flexible about your methods."I'm not sure the author but he or she deserves a pat on the back! I could not agree more with that quote!
Even though I train for a living and spend almost every day studying fitness, I still sometimes stumble in my methods to achieve my fittest, healthiest self. Every so often I have to take a step back, rest for a few days, and determine if what I've been doing in and outside the gym is helping me inch closer to my goals...or pushing me further from them. Am I flexible?
Below are my suggestions on how to be more flexible about achieving your fitness goals.
First, what is your goal? You must be able to answer this question clearly first!
- Try new moves. I've said it before and I'll say it again - taking the same group fitness classes on the same nights every week and walking the same speed on the treadmill 3x a week and lifting the same amount of weight...you get the point - change up the program. Your workouts should be anything but "routine!"
- Try new healthy foods. Make a list of 5 healthy foods you have never tried and plan to try all 5 at least once by the end of August. People who eat the same "diet" foods at the same time every day rarely make long-term progress.
- Try the same foods in a different way. Have you every mixed your egg whites in your oatmeal with fruit? Did you know quinoa is great at breakfast? Almost every lean protein can be made into a burger patty! Try your favorite dishes cold instead of hot.
- Stop counting calories and tracking every meal. Seriously, just eat healthy foods frequently each day. After all, nutrients are more important than calories in the big picture.
- Skip the gym and take your workouts outside. Bodyweight moves are much harder than you think! Yes, you're paying for a gym membership but no, you don't have to go there for every single workout.
The end result is the same - that goal you stated earlier - but the methods are different.
Owner, Train with Trin, LLC