by Holly Priestland
January 22, 2020
Previously we talked about which diet would help you reach your goals.
If you missed that one, you can check it out HERE.
We are now officially 3 weeks into the New Year!
Some studies say that it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit – have you managed to form any new habits so far? Have any fallen off the rails already?
Perhaps one of your 2020 New Year’s Resolutions was to join a gym or go to the gym more regularly – this is one we see all the time! If you’ve gone to the gym over the last few weeks, it’s probably been packed with people attacking their Resolutions head on.
And yet, year after year, by the end of February or March, the gyms are all back to normal.
Why is it that so many of us struggle to stick with our goal of becoming a regular gym-goer?
IT’S MORE SIMPLE THAN YOU THINK:
So how do we work out what kind of training will get us to our goals, and how do we stick with it? Actually, the result is more simple than you think:
THE BEST KIND OF TRAINING TO GET YOU TO YOUR GOALS IS THE ONE YOU ENJOY AND CAN STICK TO LONG TERM
What?! But what about all the science??!
Honestly, the science doesn’t matter AT ALL if you hate the kind of training that science tells you to do to reach your goals.
You won’t stick with that. And if you don’t stick with it, you won’t see any kind of progress at all!
THE SCIENCEY BIT:
We can tell you that for weight loss, HIIT training combined with resistance training, like our Conditioning classes, is scientifically proven to burn the most body fat in the shortest amount of time.
We can tell you that for toning, muscle gain, or getting stronger, the strength training and functional bodybuilding you will find in our Strength classes
We could also tell you that for learning new skills, improving performance for other sports, and improving conditioning at the same time, our CrossFit classes would be the place to go.
(P.S. Notice how resistance training [lifting some weights] is important for every goal?!)
But in the end, the most important thing is consistency.
So, how do we turn our new gym habit into a consistent one?
- MAKE IT FUN
Find a gym you love.
Shop around. Try a few different ones until you find the one that is right for you.
You don’t have to rush this decision!
- MAKE IT EASY
This doesn’t mean the training won’t be uncomfortable… with change comes great discomfort! What we mean is, don’t set a goal to go to the gym 6x a week if you know it will be really difficult, or if you’ve never gone before.
Start with a goal of 1-2x a week and work up from there – if you can!
But make sure it is always achievable – it’s okay if not every week is the same!
- MAKE IT TRANSPORTABLE
One of our favorite things about functional training like CrossFit is that we can do it all over the world, so we never fall off the wagon with our fitness lifestyle!
In Asia, many of us travel a lot for work or pleasure – make sure you can take your chosen fitness regime with you; whether through classes or programming from a coach when you travel!
- MAKE SURE IT HAS BUILT-IN ACCOUNTABILITY
Look, we know you mean well when you say you’re going to go to the gym, but we also know how easy it is not to go when no-one else knows you made that commitment but you…
Make sure you have a community that is welcoming and supports your goals.
Finally – make sure you are addressing lifestyle factors as well as just working out. Working out alone will not get you to your goals!
You also need to think about:
- Daily activity (OUTSIDE OF THE GYM)
- Stress management
THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH:
Pick the kind of training that suits your goal (see ‘THE SCIENCEY BIT’)
Really try it. Try it in a fun, supportive environment, in a sustainable way.
Like it? Perfect! Keep going!
Hate it? Talk to a coach and ask them for recommendations that might work for you. If they are a good coach, they will give you a genuine recommendation.
Not seeing the results even though you’re being consistent in the gym? Start looking at what lifestyle factors you might need to address to get you there.
Want a place where you can try out classes to help meet every goal, talk to coaches who want to help you out, and get the support of a community behind you to help you get there? Make sure you find coaches that care and are excited to support you on your journey!
FORTITUDE BALI IS HERE FOR YOU!
Come talk to us about your goals if you are in the area, or get in touch on our social media. Traveling and want to keep up with your goals?
Get in touch about our Travel & Train program, where we’ll make sure you leave paradise in even better shape than you arrived.