So once you’ve committed yourself? What’s the first step? Where do you start? Tracy Stolle, personal trainer at Fitness 24-7 at Little Neck, offers advice on achieving fitness and weight loss goals.
“The first thing you should do is set your goals and make a plan,” says Tracy. “Set some short-term goals so that long-term goals can be achieved.”
Some short-term goals may entail walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes three times a week or going to two fitness classes a week. “You want the goals to be realistic and attainable to avoid failure,” adds Tracy. “You don’t want to overload yourself or you will get burned out or overwhelmed.”
How To Stay On Track
So once you set your goals, how do you stick to your plan? Some of the keys to success in achieving your goals are accountability and consistency. “Make it a point to keep the frequency the same each week with your exercise,” advises Tracy.
There are different ways to help you stay on track.
- Get a buddy to join you during your workouts. This keeps both of you accountable to sticking to your fitness goals.
- Use a workout journal to track your progress. Staying on a schedule helps with consistency.
- Invest in working with a personal trainer or coach. The personal trainer can recommend and explain realistic goals for your individual fitness goals. Plus you won’t likely miss a workout if you’re paying someone to keep you on track.
One of the frustrations some people may experience when they’re working toward their fitness goals or weight loss, is the time it takes to achieve it causing some people to stop or give up.
But you have to stop and think how long it took to put on the weight and realize it may take some time to take it off.
“There is no set time frame for weight loss,” says Tracy. “However, on average, with proper nutrition and exercise, most people lose one to two pounds per week.”
She does caution to not get stuck on the number on the scale. Constantly looking at the scale can be discouraging and demotivating. Don’t forget other results and changes in your body may be occurring such as increased endurance and strength.
“This is where working with a trainer is helpful. The trainer keeps track of your progress with weight training, endurance training, rest time and body composition,” explains Tracy.
Aside from losing pounds, other benefits may be improved blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate.
“Working to achieve fitness and weight loss goals is a work in progress but if you stay consistent, you will make changes each week,” says Tracy. “By staying on track with proper nutrition and exercise, your internal health as well as your outward appearance will improve.”
As always, Tracy recommends a physical or a visit to your doctor prior to starting a new workout regimen. This is also a good time to get a baseline on vitals such as blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate.
If you’re interested in getting a free consultation from one of Fitness 24-7’s personal trainers, visit www.Fitness247VB.com or email Fitness247VaBch@gmail.com.
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