Thursday, October 18, 2012

Are You Planning to Fail?

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. - Benjamin Franklin

This quote rules when it comes to being consistent with your fitness plans - and your diet for that matter.

This time of year can be a major challenge for sticking with your workouts, especially if you're new to exercise. There are several approaches you can take to help avoid a fall off the wagon.

1. Have a back up plan. For example, if you're a walker plan to use the treadmill at the health club in inclimate weather. Alternately and for less cash outlay you could take your walk to a mall or even a large store. If you choose the large store idea be sure to choose a time of day when the store won't be jam packed. Yet another solution would be to use an exercise DVD, There are a variety of walking DVDs available.  There are also DVds available for weight training, pilates, yoga, bodyweight training, etc. Using home DVDs can be a very flexible alternative.

2. If the colder, darker days of this season make you less motivated to workout plan a total change up. This can mean moving your workouts from the outdoors to a gym or perhaps choosing to take an exercise class twice a week while working out in your home on the other days. Home equipment, a winter gym membership and home DVDs can really be helpful.

3. Find yourself a fitness buddy. You're more likely to stick with your program no matter how long, cold and dark the winter if you commit to one or more friends.

What if you've already fallen off the wagon? Do some internet searches and watch some dvd clips. Collage Video and Total Fitness DVDs are great sites and both feature short clips of the dvds they sell. One thing you will want to avoid is getting into a mode where you purchase, purchase, purchase without actually using what you buy. You're probably amazed that this is even an issue but it's more common than you might believe.

My final suggestion would be to revisit the reasons that spurred you to begin exercising in the first place. Then set some new goals and write them down. Then remind yourself that you are never further from those goals than your next workout!

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