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Master these 3 "easier said than done" challenges to max out your fitness this September
It doesn't matter if you're a student returning for classes - or just someone returning to work - the truth is: summer is ending for all of us. Winter indeed, is coming. But before it gets here, we have to deal with the fall. For people who fell off the wagon over the lazy summer months, and those who want to get fit and stay fit this fall - here is a handy list of top advice to help you succeed.
1.) Actually consider your schedule
Don't try to be Captain America. You're getting back into the groove and readjusting to your workload. Chances are that your time and energy are going to be a limited resource. Set goals that you see yourself sticking to for the next 6 months, not for the next 6 days.
Workout for an hour 3 times per week in September. I know, easier said than done. But here's the thing most people really do have the time somewhere in their schedule to pull this off. Really if you take a step back and look at it - we are talking about 3 hours per week. Lets double this number after factoring in travel time and "locker" time (a liberal estimate for sure) - and we land closer to 6 hours per week. That still works out to less than 4% of your entire week. I'm sure tons of people probably spend more time in two days trying to pick what to watch on Netflix than that. (protip: use this Netflix Randomizer)
2.) Just do it
The "secret sauce" is anything but secret. Nike, one of the largest brands in the world has literally been telling us the recipe to success for years. It's just very easy to get caught up in what they're selling, and forget what they are saying. All of these tips fit in with each other nicely, and it comes down to this: once you figure out what you're going to do and how you're going to do it (tip #1) - the next step is actually very simple: you just have to do what you said you would.
Now of course, that is much easier said than done. The trick is to observe tip #1: set goals that fit your life, and commit time that you have to commit - if you do that it becomes much easier to just do it. Beyond that don't make excuses, rain-or-shine, one way or another, get to the gym and do what you have to do. Closely following tip #3 will also be helpful.
3.) Be mentally present
Be an active participant in your own experiences; present, and future. Spend some time reflecting on yourself and where you want to be. This will keep you focused and grounded on the task at hand. Believe it or not having this mindset will dramatically increase your success when it comes to sticking to a fitness goal.
This one is a very difficult habit to develop and build. In the context of fitness its a good idea to get into the habit of: mentally deciding to give each workout 110% before beginning, and mentally assessing if you were successful in doing so afterwards. This simple activity will automatically force you to be more aware of your movements during a training session. It will also make you more aware of the training sessions themselves - making it much easier to keep the schedule throughout your week.
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