The Fitness Zone
“If your New Year’s fitness goals are already falling by the wayside, don’t worry you’re not the only one says Australian Institute of Fitness graduate and star PT Libby Babet. This is a common time of year for you or your PT clients motivation levels to wane a bit, so try these tips to get back on track.
Revisit Your Goals
This is a really good time of year to revisit and renew your goals. Libby says that every year at the start of Autumn, she sets herself a challenge to be mindful for a month where for the entire month, I’m not allowed to say, “I have to/need to/should workout today”. Instead, I must always say or think, “I want to workout today”. That little shift makes all the difference and gets me super motivated for a great month of training!
2. Wind Back Your Expectations
“So many times, people hit their new year training at maximum speed and completely overdo it; from no running at all, to 5-10km every day, from no gym time to hour-long sessions every lunch hour,” says Libby.For many, this can start to feel overwhelming pretty quickly, from the time commitment to the sore muscles. Consistency will get the best results every single time, so wind back your expectations and just commit to 2-3 sessions of intensity per week, whether that be at the gym, group fitness, personal training, or a fast paced run.
3. Join a program
Joining something new can to reignite the fire and give you a community of like-minded people to stay accountable to.
4. Buy some new toys to get you revved up.
Whether it’s a few new pieces to add to your fitness wardrobe, a fitness tracker like the Apple Watch, Jawbone UP or FitBit to track your progress, or membership to an app like ZOVA or NTC to serve up workouts directly to your phone, new toys always get you pumped to start moving again.
5. Don’t Forget The Classics
“I hate to sound cliché but the oldest tricks in the book are still the best,” says Libby. Rope in a buddy to train with you and set a goal together, then keep each other accountable. Plan your workouts into your diary as if they were appointments with yourself. Sign up to something you have to train for, like a fun run or obstacle race. Libby’s personal favourite? “Book a holiday, then plan your training in the lead up to it!”
Image credit: @libbybabet on Instagram