4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Fitness Journey
Everyone that takes on the task of improving their health and fitness has at least one thing in common: They want to improve in some way. This could mean that they want to lose weight, get crazy strong, compete in a sport or just be healthy enough to play with their grandkids. These are all great goals and they share a similar path on the road to reaching them. Often times, we are too focused on the wrong things or don’t realize exactly what it takes to reach a goal that we have set for ourselves. In this article, I am going to outline 4 ways to make the most out of your fitness journey and help you stay the path to reaching your goals.
- Be Consistent in All That You Do
Consistency equals results. Period. If you put your whole heart into something and you work on it every single day, good things are going to happen. Of that I have no doubt. That doesn’t mean being consistent in one or two areas and completely neglecting others. Such as, crushing it in the gym, but eating fast food for every meal. If you truly want to achieve your goal and become the best version of yourself, then you need to determine all of the factors that play a role in you achieving that goal. Once you have this list, you need to do something every day that is going to improve those areas. For instance, say that your goal is to perform the CrossFit Open RX’d next year. There is a lot that goes into doing that including consistently getting your workouts in and hitting them hard every week, eating clean the majority of the time, averaging 8 hours of sleep per night, working on your mobility and recovery, etc. Of course there will be days where you miss out on sleep or have a cheat meal, but those days are the overwhelming minority. In order to get where you want to be, you have to consistently execute your plan every day until you reach your goal and then you have to keep working to maintain it! The moral of the story is that you have to love the grind and embrace hard work.
- Focus on Your Journey and Not That of Others
In order to reach your fitness goal, you have to be focused on the right things. That means you have blinders on and are worrying about what you can control and not about what anyone else is doing. We compare ourselves to others too often and this can lead to you becoming discouraged and eventually giving up. Don’t discredit yourself after setting a PR on a lift or a workout just because someone else in class lifted 20 pounds more. That was the most weight you have ever lifted and you should be proud of your improvement! You can’t control what anyone else is doing, so it’s silly to stress about things like that. Focus on what you can control like your effort, your consistency, your nutrition, etc.
Everyone is on their own unique journey and if you try to hijack someone else’s path, it’s not going to work. It takes time to get strong or get a six pack or win a CrossFit competition and if you think that mimicking Rich Froning is how you will reach his level, you are missing the picture. You have to put in the time (just like he did in the beginning) building good movement patterns, improving mobility, getting a base level of strength and conditioning, learning skills, etc. It’s a long road and it’s your road, not anyone else’s. So, stay the course and focus on what you can do to get a little better every day.
- Track Progress and Celebrate Improvements
In order to get where you want to be, you have to know where you have been. It is easy to lose sight of how far you have come when you are in the middle of the grind. You have a tough day in the gym and you feel like your gains have come to a halt. If you do not keep a journal or track your training in some way, you will feel discouraged. However, if you do track all of your workouts, you can look back at previous entries and see that on this “bad day,” you lifted what used to be your 1RM for multiple reps. You can use a journal to track your workouts, meals and body weight/composition. Doing this will keep you on track with your training day to day because you will know what you have done previously and what you need to do to improve upon that to set a personal record. When you do set a PR, don’t shrug it off. Celebrate! Slam the bar, let out a battle cry, do a victory dance, something. They don’t always come often, so enjoy them.
- Have Fun!
This is related to the previous point. Training does not need to always be serious. If you are not enjoying yourself, you will not get the results you are looking for. To become a better athlete, sometimes you have to work on things that you don’t enjoy. However, there should always be time for fun. Training with friends, playing a game or a sport, getting out of the gym and trying new things are all ways to make the day to day grind a little more enjoyable.
Use these principles that I have laid out here to change your mind set about training, have more fun and use them to get the most out of your own unique fitness journey.
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