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This is a post by PumpUp member Claire Kane (@voltafitness), qualified fitness instructor, sports nutritionist, and the brains behind VoltaFitness.
As a newly qualified fitness instructor I have recently become aware that I will in no time at all be helping others make and achieve their fitness goals. Because of this I have been taking part in the #MyResolution challenge with PumpUp and with each day I am seeing the benefits of setting yourself daily “challenges” that run in tandem with your goals or resolutions.
Here are some of the reasons why:
- Constant motivation
- Regular sense of achievement
- Planning gets you further to your end goal
Challenges you could set yourself:
Post all meals and snacks on Pump Up
Set yourself a challenge of posting all of your meals on Pump Up some days. This will encourage you to firstly be aware of what you are eating and secondly to plan your meals carefully. This will, theoretically, help you to see the benefit of meal planning and hopefully make it a habit.
Go up 5% or 10% on your lifts
Unless you have a personal trainer or have a gym buddy you are probably guilty of going a little easy of yourself and not pushing progression. One day of the month up your weights; you might be surprised at how manageable it is. The sense of achievement and confidence to come from this will keep you smiling for a days.
Try a (new) class or something different
If you train solo set yourself a task of going to a class, if you find you’re falling out of love with fitness, try something new.
I attended TRX classes and do a lot of weight training and Intense Cardio. When I felt like I was hitting a bit of a block, fitness wise, last year I went wall climbing. It reinstated my belief that I am strong and it was darn fun too!
Give your metabolism a needed shock by trying something different; it’s the best kept fitness secret.
Write out all your achievements
When we’re working towards a goal we can often hit a slump. “What’s the point?” “I keep slipping up” and other negative thoughts might cross your mind. About half way through your programme/the month set a challenge to write down all the things you have achieved in fitness and nutrition for as long back as you like.
This will give you an instant boost and keep you right on track.
Time to set yourself some challenges! I’d love to hear how you’re going to challenge yourself. Type them out and tag me in them on Pump Up (@VoltaFitness)
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