We know that you train not only to be in shape but also to look good. Numerous studies confirm that people who look good physically have a more optimistic attitude to the rigors of life and are able to overcome more easily the obstacles. We put to your consideration five tips for you to reflect on the way to face your training and, perhaps, life itself.
1) Be constant:
Nothing is gained from one day to the next, but with patience, perseverance, and hard work. One well-known saying confirms that people who are worth do not want things to be easier, but they want to improve themselves to be able to overcome difficulties. Remember that statistically few people have an enviable body, so if you are one of them, you belong to a group. Do not believe that a program, formula or magic ingredient or supplement will work miracles in your body. Nothing replaces the daily hard work in the gym with effort and sweat
The key to staying consistent is accountability. A personal trainer is an excellent way to achieve this. They will motivate you when you are feeling weak, keep you on track and are responsible for you setting goals and succeeding.
2) Do not settle for little:
If you can do ten repetitions of that exercise then why settle for eight? If you can add more weight to the bar (without incurring an injury) then why not do it? If you have time to train four days a week instead of three then why not try? Always seek to overcome your own limits and, above all, never abandon.
3) Look at a goal:
In the gym, there are many activities to do: exercises with weights for toning or muscle volume, aerobics to lose weight or define the muscles, gain strength and agility, and many etceteras. If you are overweight, establish with a personal trainer an exercise program for that purpose. If you want to gain muscle, surely your training sessions will be very different. Set a goal and give it a reasonable time; it is impossible to try to achieve all the tasks at the same time. Concentrate on what you want and never use the gym as a social activity site.
4) If you have achieved your goal, consider arrival as a starting point:
This is perhaps the most difficult advice to follow. Many people stop going to the gym when they have lost the most pounds that annoy them or when they are starting to develop a nice muscle mass. It is a very serious mistake. You should think that once you have achieved your primary goal, your second and an even more important goal is to stay in the state you want (or improve it), and that requires you to continue with your training program. If you have doubts about which is the best way for you, ask teachers or trainers or join in group classes of different activities and sports to find out what it is that you want.
5) Be your toughest critic:
Do not allow your ego to play tricks on you: if your goal is to lose one kilogram a week (a healthy figure) and you have not gotten it, it is good that you feel annoyed and dissatisfied about it. If your goal is to reduce your waist and enlarge the size of your deltoids and you have neglected your diet and your shoulder training sessions, you should feel bad about it. If you are not a tough critic of yourself, if you constantly look for excuses for not meeting your goals, you will never be able to see truly meaningful results.