People choose to hire a Personal Trainer for a variety of reasons. Some value the science behind the instruction. Some feel more comfortable being lead by someone; which means – they don’t have to wing it. And there are others who like having a trainer because they need to be held accountable.
For those who don’t have a Personal Trainer and battle with holding yourself accountable – you have to take a few extra steps. We all know how important it is to maintain a level of discipline when pursuing any fitness goal. And building up to that level takes work. So here are 3 things you can do.
1) Force the habit. Routine is not a bad thing when it’s benefiting you. After 30 days of doing something every day – it becomes a part of who you are, and you feel odd not doing it. With fitness, you have to force this routine/habit. You can do this by setting goals and making a “Consistency Calendar”; then marking off each day you’ve done something active or stayed on track with your eating. By day 30, you should notice enough of a change to stay consistent and you will have developed a habit of exercising and/or eating properly.
2) Set reminders. Surely you have a cell phone, and that cell phone has alarms. You can set alarms specifically for working out or eating (especially if you tend to skip meals), and stay on track. If you REALLY want to force yourself to get up and get moving, you can download an app called ‘Alarmy’. It has a setting where you have to take pictures of certain things to make the alarm go off. Set it to where you have to take a picture of something inside of your gym or something related to your fitness goals to turn it off.
3) Download Apps. There are more and more fitness apps popping up left and right. You can download apps that focus solely on training at home or at the gym. It’s a great way to follow a training regimen on your own time and they give some level of structure so you’re not “winging it”.
Holding yourself accountable isn’t easy, but it can be done. If you still find it difficult to stay on track…hire a Personal Trainer to help you. – T.H.E.