When it comes to exciting events like weddings and summer vacations, people generally want to hit the gym fast and hard to prepare. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, the problem lies in the sustainability of this effort.
Sure, you might be able to work out religiously for a few weeks, but is that long enough to see results? Eh, probably not.
The goal should be to craft a fitness routine that you can do continuously leading up to your fabulous event and far beyond. But to keep up with this new venture can be easier said than done.
If you find yourself struggling to keep up with an exercise routine, don't worry. There are a few tricks to making sweating for the wedding and other events sustainable for the long haul.
Have a Realistic Starting Point, and Progress Gradually
One mistake new fitness enthusiasts make is tackling too much too fast. Totally understandable. You’re eager to build a better you and get in tip-top shape for your event.
But you need to have a realistic starting point to avoid injury and disappointment. Instead of trying to lift heavy five days a week or run a few miles every day right away, start by building a solid foundation.
First, you want to master the exercise and focus on executing proper form. Once you feel confident in your moves, you can either increase the intensity or duration of your workout.
As a result, you'll make measurable improvements over time and not call it quits a week into your new routine because you feel like a failure. It can be enticing to tackle a new fitness routine at full speed—don't fall into this trap!
This trick of having a realistic starting point and progressing gradually will help make sweating for your event sustainable and enjoyable long-term.
Abstract goals almost always lead to failure.
When your goals are too vague, you lack direction, and it's impossible to measure your progress. If you say your goal is to get fit, what exactly does that look like, and how do you know when you’ve achieved it?
Instead, be more specific with what you want. Setting SMART goals is a fantastic way to ensure you have ones that are clear and attainable. These types of goals are:
When you create SMART goals, you’re more productive with your time and can evaluate your progress periodically. So rather than saying: "I want to be fit for the wedding," a SMART goal would be: "I want to put on ten pounds of muscle in three months.”
With a goal like this, you can craft a solid game plan and tweak it accordingly along the way. And hey, once you achieve this goal, you can create new ones to sustain your epic new fitness routine.
Another thing that can lead to failure in creating a long-lasting exercise routine is a lack of knowledge about your workouts. To solve this, determine what your goals are and the best ways to achieve them.
Are you looking to put on muscle? Maybe you want to get a bit leaner and torch fat. Whatever your goals are, educate yourself on which type of workouts will help you reach them so you don’t feel lost in the mix of workout options.
If your game plan is to gain muscle and you’re killing yourself with cardio, you won’t see results, get frustrated, and throw in the towel. Obviously, this is not what we want!
Get some guidance and find out how we can help you achieve your goals by scheduling a fitness consultation with one of our trainers! It’s free, personalized, and a great way to customize a program perfect for you.
Lastly, you need to break a sweat in a place where you feel comfortable and empowered. Perhaps this can be in our F.F.I.T. program: a high-energy, small group training program that’s not only effective but insanely fun! Or, if you’re looking to surround yourself with powerful women, most Fit Factory clubs have Women’s Only areas.
Being surrounded by others with a similar vision and uplifting energy will benefit you in the long run. Do your research, find a supportive place, and your sweating for the wedding routine will stick.
Find Movement You Enjoy
People often give up on a new exercise venture because they don't love their workouts. If you’re spending a good chunk of time on the treadmill but hate running, you’ll absolutely be calling it quits before you know it.
To make exercise sustainable, you must find movement you enjoy. Get curious and explore different workouts like:
- Weight lifting
- Functional Fitness Interval Training
If we’re choosing to give our blood, sweat, and tears for this occasion, you best believe we want to love what we’re doing. And who knows, you might discover a new passion for something you never expected!
In fact, when you find movement you vibe with, you stop looking at exercise as a chore and allow yourself to develop mastery over it. Fitness becomes a positive experience that you'll never want to quit.
Whether you’re getting ready for the big day or hitting the gym to prepare for a summer event, you need to find ways to make this new fitness routine sustainable.
Because while it’s perfectly fine to get excited and dive into this new lifestyle, you want to have the tools to set you up for success. The goal should be to not only look amazing for certain occasions but also better ourselves and create an exercise routine we’re so obsessed with that we couldn’t possibly quit!
Incorporate these easy tricks when beginning your exercise journey, and you’ll build a sustainable routine that will last you far beyond your epic affair.
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