How to *Really* Commit to Your Workout Routine
Commitment is the single most important element when it comes to successfully reaching your fitness goals. It is also often the most difficult to achieve. Even when we really want to change something about our lives or our health, we have this tendency to get in our own way.
We make excuses for why we won’t go to the gym today. We talk ourselves out of sticking to our diet. The reality is, we often spend more time talking ourselves out of having to stick to our goal than the time it would take to just do the dang thing.
That being said, this post is all about the tips you need to *really* commit to your workout routine.
1. Set SMART goals and then break them down into smaller pieces.
Your goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time based. It’s not enough to say “I want to lose fat.” How many inches do you want to take off your waist? How many pant sizes do you want to lose? When are you trying to complete this goal by? Is the timeline realistic?
Once you’ve figured all of this out, break it down into smaller pieces. What needs to happen each month? What do you need to achieve every week?
Progress isn’t always going to be perfectly linear. Some weeks will be better than others. But setting your goals this way will help you gauge how on track you are.
Plus, it’s a lot less overwhelming to think about what needs to happen within the next week versus the next 3 months or the next year. Before you know it, you will have hit your big goal without feeling totally overwhelmed.
2. Put some skin in the game.
Tell your loved ones what your goals are. Declare them on your social media. Invest money in a coaching program. If you really want to be successful, you need to feel like there’s some sort of risk involved. You have to feel like you have something to lose, whether it be money or pride or something else.
You will take your goals more seriously if you put money into them. You might also take it more seriously if you’re feeling the social pressure of failing or succeeding publicly. If you tell people and then you don’t do what you set out to do, you have to own that in front of your loved ones.
The more you have invested into your goals, the more likely you are to take them seriously 24/7.
3. Spend time reflecting on your limiting beliefs and the mindset blocks that may hold you back.
I am not going to lie, up until the last year or so, I really didn’t even consider the role my mindset played in goal setting. What your mind believes, your body achieves. We have a way of limiting ourselves without even realizing it.
I recently read a book that I feel is SO important for setting and achieving goals - fitness related or not. The book is called Unfu*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop. Something that really stuck with me was this: “You automatically relate to yourself as belonging to a certain economic class, with a certain level of fitness, and your actions serve to keep you in place, right where you’re most familiar to yourself.”
WOW. It’s tough to hear but it is very true!
Think about the limits you have put on your own potential in the past. Have you ever accepted that you will just always be a size 10 pant size? Or that you just can’t get back to your pre baby body ever again?
If somewhere in you this belief has seeped into your sub conscious, no matter what actions you take right now, you will eventually hold yourself back from proving this belief wrong. Your brain is wired to make your beliefs your reality.
Take some time to think through your self imposed limitations. We all have them! Write down what you have always believed to be true about your achievable fitness level and then write out your NEW truth. Look at this every single day. The more you repeat it to yourself, the more this new truth can become engrained in your reality.
4. Visualize yourself achieving your biggest fitness goals.
Visualization may feel corny at first but oh my gosh, it helps! Get really detailed here. Imagine looking at yourself three months from now or one year from now.
How has your body changed? How has your health changed? Do you have more energy? Are you more driven? More self confident? Do you love the way you look in your favorite clothes? Do you no longer stress in the dressing room or on the beach? Do you honor your body and nurture it with nutrient rich foods? How do others perceive you now? Are you motivating other women to do what you’ve done? Is your partner thrilled with your newfound self confidence?
Dive deep and envision your future. This will get you excited for the never ending possibilities. This IS all possible for you! The visualization just helps you to keep that in mind by keeping that end reward on your mind.
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