You see all those that posts their workout programs on social media for a few weeks, it dies down and then you never see them again. What happened? The initial getting started (described by most as the “hardest” part of success) is really not the toughest part. The hardest thing to do is maintain it for life. How do we do that? How can we choose an activity that we know we will stick to for the long haul? Don’t think that you will get in the best shape of your life and then quit because you have achieved your goal. Goals take maintenance too. The first thing to be aware of is choose an activity that is realistic to long term. Your body requires balance. You can’t constantly beat it up and think it will not breakdown eventually. Don’t forget about flexibility and rest along with your workouts. This is the thing most people neglect because they focus on cardio and strength to look better. Remember your body needs rest and flexibility training to support all that you do in your tough workouts.
- Get 7-8 hours a sleep per night
- Eat a balanced diet to help your body recover from your workouts. Protein within 30 minutes after your workout is absorbed the best.
- Participate in a yoga class at least one time per week
- Avoid processed foods and sugar as it increases inflammation in the body
- Create a balanced workout routine. Never do the same body part two days in a row and combine cardio with weights to work on endurance and strength.
- Rest at least one day per week
- Stay on a consistent schedule (exercise the same days and times if possible) to help your body adapt to your new lifestyle. You may notice with a random workout schedule you may not see results as quickly and you sore more frequently.