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How To Stay On Track

Nov 21, 2007
Laziness is usually cited as the reason that people can't stick to a diet and fitness plan. While that may be part of the problem, something should be said for the fact that it's just really hard to stay focused on something when you have so many other personal responsibilities to address.

Even something as essential as staying fit can fall by the wayside when you have a family and job to take care of. Here's some advice on how to make sure fitness is always a part of your life.

One of the most reliable ways to stay on track is to get a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help you schedule your workout plan, offer general exercise advice, and help you design a diet. All this information will help you make progress much faster, which will make you more motivated to keep working. Statistics show that people who work with a personal trainer are much more likely to reach their workout goals than those who try to go it alone.

You should also get a training partner who is as reliable as you are. Tell him or the specific time and place you would like to work out every week. That way, you are more likely to actually go the gym, because if you try to flake out you are not just letting yourself down, you are letting your partner down, too.

A good partner can also spot you while weightlifting and relay good advice. But make sure you choose a good training partner. Someone who doesn't show up to your workouts or doesn't offer any real motivation can actually be more damaging to your workout plan than if you just worked out alone. Tell each other your fitness goals so you know exactly what you hope to get out of your workouts.

When you feel like your workout is starting to become boring, make changes to your routine. Adding some variety won't just make your exercise time more interesting, it will also probably make it more effective. By working out different muscles in different ways you stimulate muscle growth. Falling into a rut is damaging to your motivation as well as your fitness progress.

A smart way to stick to your diet is to carefully plan each of your meals and only buy the groceries you need for your meals. If you have difficulty finding healthy ingredients in your cupboard, you are more likely to cheat by grabbing some fast food. If you know exactly what you will eat and when, and have all of the ingredients to make it happen, you don't have any excuse not to eat healthy.

But probably the biggest way to stay on track is to have patience and perspective. If you expect to be running four minute miles or look like Mr. Olympia after just a month of training, you will probably get frustrated and quit real fast.

Just know that if you work out the right way and work out consistently, you will be stronger, faster, healthier, and have a better looking body. Reaching your fitness goals will take some time, but you can only get there if you stay focused and stay on track.
About the Author
Chris McCombs is a Huntington Beach personal trainer with specialty in fat loss and muscle toning. His website www.socalworkout.com contains valuable tips on fitness and "how to" style exercise videos.
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