Imagine you aspire to be a pilot. You aren’t going to waltz out of high school, hop in a plane and start zooming through the sky. You will study what keeps those giant metal birds airborne, learn to understand the complex controls, and train your mind to function in a pressured yet exhilarating environment. Your training is not random – it is the logical progression of steps that will transform your dream into a reality. At the end of the day, you need to set your goals in sight. The same rings true in the realm of training for your fitness goals. As South Africa’s leading fitness education team, we are equipped with the knowledge that will help your training program take off and reach dizzying new heights.
Think about the future and what you want to accomplish, whether this is weight loss, increased strength, toning or endurance. Write down your long-term goals and use this as the point of departure for your short-term goals. These should be personalized to your fitness levels, time schedule and other unique factors that will shape your journey. Create a visual representation of your short-term goals branching off one another, intertwining and reaching for the desired long-term goal. This should motivate you in the morning and instill a sense of pride in you each night, as you work towards achieving your training and fitness goals while holding yourself accountable to these goals every day. When you feel uninspired to hit the gym, remember why you started your fitness journey– it should be an adventure, not a chore.
Varying your training program could help you avoid plateauing or getting bored. Rewarding yourself as you reach each goal can also boost motivation, whether this is with a new workout outfit or a pair of training shoes. Music has the extraordinary ability to boost our energy and motivation levels, so customize a playlist that is going to get you pumped to power through each session.
It’s a sweat life when training for your fitness goals
Sweat is the physical manifestation of our hard work, and it should
empower you to embrace the burn. Those droplets represent three things you can be proud of– a release of the stress you have harboured throughout the day, your dedication to inner and outer strength, and your ability to overcome tough mental and physical challenges. That sheen of sweat will turn your routine into your workout. Remember to listen to your body, because while it is important to push yourself, it is equally important to make time for recovery. Be mindful of the symptoms of over-training, such as fatigue, mood swings, slowed resting heart rate, and changes to your sleeping patterns. When you do experience these, rest, stretch and recuperate. Health is a choice that you make every day.
If you’re passionate about fitness and interested in working full or part-time as a personal fitness trainer, then our Introduction to Personal Fitness Training is the perfect course for you. Start your fitness journey today by getting in touch with us.
Words by Jess