How to keep the commitment
By: Ruben Palacios
Are you following through with all your fitness resolutions? Are you still motivated, do you see a difference in how you look and feel? If any of your answers are NO, read everything below and truly understand the process of accomplishing your New Years resolutions.
the excitement of beginning a new program is the unmistakable sign of the Form Phase. After making the initial commitment to a fitness plan, sticking with the plan the first couple of weeks should be easy. You may even feel you can handle more training than your plan suggests. Don’t do this! Not only does over-training risk injury, it jeopardizes your continued motivation over time. While preparation is positive, pick a start date, go for it, and don’t look back.
The Storm phase follows a few weeks later. When we learn the program is hard work, and we just don’t want to train — this is the storm phase. It happens to everyone. Be prepared. In the Storm Phase, we begin to create excuses (conscious and subconscious) for missing workouts. This is by far the toughest phase to master. How should you get through this phase? Mentally prepare ahead of time. The Storm phase is a natural phase that everyone experiences. Don’t let this natural human emotion deter you from your fitness goal. Consistency is a must for a lifetime of fitness. Following a well designed, comprehensive, reasonable fitness plan will improve appearance, make you feel better, and produce fitness gains rapidly. Seeing positive results from your effort will increase positive self image, and create even more motivation to continue for the long term. Hire a personal trainer!
The Norm phase is adapting to your fitness training commitment by learning that you can press through the tough days when you do not feel like training – and still get in a great workout. Every successful, long-term training individual knows — feeling bad at the beginning of the workout, often means this will be the best workout of the week.
The Perform Phase is achieved when fitness training becomes internalized, and fitness training becomes a part of who you are. The Perform Phase occurs when you have experienced the first three phases and begin to train consistently. Repetition eventually becomes habit, and that should be the ultimate goal of every fitness plan. Training can’t be a choice. Fitness training is just something that you do. It must become a part of who you are. During the first eight weeks of beginning a new fitness plan, you will not only be making positive physical changes, but there are also many positive mental benefits.
THE STRATEGY THAT WORKS
The best strategy is simply to be mentally prepared to experience all four phases … in advance. Identify the phase you are currently experiencing, and with maturity and confidence, work through the mental aspects of fitness training by sticking to the plan even on the tough days. This is the real test! When you reach the Perform Phase, maintaining the fitness plan is much easier. But you can’t achieve this level until the first eight weeks are completed and fitness training begins to become apart of who you are. For a free fitness consultation contact Ruben Palacios at Fitness Results (909) 305-0188.
The above was written by San Dimas trainer Ruben Palcios. Rueben is writting a column for the San Dimas community newsletter on health and fitness, so make sure to pick up a copy soon!