ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Having trouble adhering to your fitness program? Try these handy tips. By Nicola Conville
It’s important to choose activities that you can easily fit into your current schedule, says personal trainer and co-founder of NuYu weightloss retreats Shaun Cardillo.
“Select a health club close to home or work and find a time of day when you are most likely to avoid conflicts with other activities. The more convenient exercise is, the more likely you’ll stick with it.” “Once you pick a place and time to exercise, make it part of your regular schedule,” Cardillo says.
Recent research shows it takes, on average, 66 days for a new habit to become automatic. The good news is exercise can become addictive. “Once you form an exercise habit you miss it if you skip a session,” Cardillo says. Exercise when you are at your best. If you are a morning person, make the most of your early start and get a workout in before work. “If you are a night owl don’t schedule morning workouts you will dread,” Cardillo says. We often say we have no time for exercise, but the key is to schedule it into your day just like any other appointment, Cardillo says. “This ensures your commitment and helps make exercise a priority.” Instead of zoning out in front of the TV, encourage everyone to get outside for some fresh air. “Go on a walk or bike ride together,” Cardillo says. “Make activity something the family can all enjoy as a unit.” Book in regular group activities such as team sports or personal training appointments. “This helps ensure your attendance as you will be missed if you don’t show,” Cardillo says.
A study from Boston’s Tufts University found people are more successful losing weight when they are part of a group. Plan an alternative activity in case you miss your regular training session. Buy some workout DVDs for rainy days so you can still fit a workout in. You are more likely to stick to an exercise program if you are doing something you like, so mix it up with Zumba or hulahooping. “There’s nothing more demotivating than trudging through an activity you hate,” Cardillo says.