Face it, we’ve all been there before. You need to lose a few pounds, or you just want to start getting in shape, and you’re all gung-ho in the beginning, but then you find yourself back at the beginning: nothing lost, possibly more gained. So I’ve created a list: 4 easy tips to stay on track with your training, that I wanted to share.
My wife and I have been training for a charity ride coming up in October. It’s not a big ride at just 20 miles, but for my bride, it’s her longest ride to date. We have been good about riding every day and making sure our mileage is increasing each week.
Sounds like we have a solid foundation, right? We do, but when something interferes with our schedule, like work, it throws us for a loop, we skip a few days then we have to start all over again.
Here are a few tips and tricks we’ve learned together about staying on track with your training:
Be self-centered in this department, because if you don’t, you won’t gain any momentum. You need to take care of yourself, so you need to have a plan written down so you know, every day at whatever time you are going to be doing whatever it is you do. My wife and I share our Google calendar, and she posts the activities we are doing for days, with reminders that are sent to us via text messages.
Sounds like a nagging coach, but in reality, I need that reminder, otherwise I would be sitting here writing blogs and stuff.
Plan for bumps in the road
Sometimes, we just can’t see what is lying ahead, but we can make sure that what we DO know is going to be covered. Make provisions for days that you are loaded with family stuff, work or other obstacles that just don’t allow time for exercise. Even if it is a short walk around the block, you’re still burning calories. Make sure to watch your intake, though.
Have a buddy
If it’s too difficult for you to stay motivated by yourself, find a partner you can exercise with. I know sometimes, when my wife was working full time, I was home alone in the mornings and really did not have the drive to do anything. I am the laziest person I know, and without my wife’s dedication to this plan, I would be sitting here, writing blogs and stuff.
Sometimes, that’s easier said than done, and I know this all too well. I suffer from depression, and when the world closes in around me, I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like doing much of anything. This is why practicing positive thinking really helps. I have been doing a sort of mental exercise as well during this time. When I start to think negatively, I entertain those thoughts for just a few seconds, then “change the channel”. It’s ok to have them, just don’t dwell on them for too long, otherwise you will end up in the rut, and the ladder taken out so you’ll have a tougher time climbing out of it.
While these may be tips you have heard before, I feel they have really helped us to stay focused and to be able to succeed at our training. We did a test ride of 20 miles last week and my wife was able to complete it without any major problems.
If you would like to share your success stories, I would love to hear from you. You can e-mail me direct at: email@example.com
Until next time,
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