• phil godson

no gym...no problem

Whatever your fitness and weight-loss goals are, you don't need a gym membership to achieve them...which is good -to- know since every year thousands of us join one with every intention to "get fitter", or "lose some weight", only to fail...like we did last year. The question is WHY?...

Goals/targets...if we set ourselves vague "goals" such as "lose some weight" or "get a bit fitter", then we are destined to fail. Goals need to be specific - for example, "lose 5 kilos in 10 weeks". Document the goal and measure progress. Be sure that the goals are achievable and realistic. Be honest with yourself and don't over-reach.

The gym environment...people who love the gym, go to the gym...if you've used them before but didn't like any of them, they're probably not for you. The bottom line is that you don't NEED to use them if you don't want to.

Cost...most gyms are good value for money...if you make the most of your membership. The fact is though that many people under-use theirs, by either infrequent or non- attendance or cancelling membership entirely.

Unplanned Sessions...just joining the gym is obviously not enough. However just attending it is also not enough. Chatting and texting and staring out of the windows means you're not going to make the most of your gym sessions. Ensure you know exactly what you will be doing in the session, before you walk through the gym door. Document if needed. Think of a gym session as a well-planned business meeting - an agenda ( exercises ) that are all timed and controlled.

Time...the gym session itself can be as short or long as you want. Remember though that there is time needed to drive to the gym and park up, to get showered and changed, to use the other facilities( pool/sauna) to "get your money's worth" out of your membership, and to drive back home.

CBA...("can't be ***ed")...there are always occasions when we find something else to do apart from fitness. Missing only the occasional session is not a problem, however missing full weeks or more is sure to de-rail our previous efforts.

The Solution

Enjoyment...find an activity you enjoy and you will adhere to it

Realistic targets/goals...set yourself achievable targets...not too many!

Monitor/Measure/Adjust...your targets

Outdoor Training...training outdoors has great mental health benefits and burns more calories

Train with friends...training with people you know is great for motivation and adhering to a fitness programme.

Reward...be sure to reward yourself for your hard work, but don't punish yourself for setbacks...just come back harder.

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