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How to Stick to a New Training Plan

Don’t Go Alone

If you have people around you, they will provide constant motivation, as opposed to following the path of training alone.

A group/a friend with similar fitness levels is ideal. People can double their workout duration and intensity if they have a slightly fitter person as a partner.

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How to Stick to a New Training Plan

How to Stick to a New Training Plan

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Stick With The Plan

Most training plans become hard, and difficult to stick to after a while.

Some sure-fire tips to stick to a rough and tough training plan, sailing through the low-motivation days:

  • Pick something fun and start slow.
  • Just show up.
  • Don't go alone.
  • Don't rely on willpower.
  • Be patient.

Picking Something Fun

You are more likely to keep doing an activity that you enjoy.

It shouldn't be a daily fight against yourself. Being consistent needs doing what you like doing, not something that you find miserable. Avoid physical or mental burnout.

Showing Up

To change your mental state, you need to change your physical state. Your mood changes based on the action you are performing.

Action is the biggest motivation. Show up and get started, and the rest is easy.

Don’t Go Alone

If you have people around you, they will provide constant motivation, as opposed to following the path of training alone.

A group/a friend with similar fitness levels is ideal. People can double their workout duration and intensity if they have a slightly fitter person as a partner.

Relying on Willpower

The risk of skipping a workout increases when you rely only on willpower or even if you start to overthink about the subject. 

Trying to make it easy for you to do any activity (like already having the right shoes, or a packed gym bag ready to go) can eliminate friction and lead to a better turnout rate. Those who have zero willpower are better off with a coach.

Patience

To attain mastery, and to really have a breakthrough, don't give up, be patient and continue your practice in the hard times.

It will feel a lot less hard afterward.

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Sleep is not just about rest. It’s the period where the mind is shut off and reset. 

When we sacrifice sleep, we also sacrifice creativity, self-control, and attention span. When sleep is lacking, so is self-control.

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The basics to succeed in the gym:
  1. Commit to the long-term process.
  2. Don't treat exercise as something to do when it's convenient. 
  3. Great results come from great focus, not a great variety.
Don't focus on the short-term results
  • The goal is not to lose 40 pounds in the next 12 weeks, but to regain your health for the rest of your life.
  • The goal is not to bench press 300 pounds, but to be the guy who never misses a workout.
  • The goal is not to sacrifice everything to get your fastest time in next month's race, but to be faster next year than you are today.
Focus on the best exercises

People often waste time in the gym bouncing around without any real goal, doing a little bit of this machine and a little bit of that machine

The simple rule that will always guide you toward the best exercises: the more an exercise makes you move, the bigger the benefits it will deliver. 

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Sticking to a healthy lifestyle

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The real benefits

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Home exercises can help

It's tough to build a lot of strength or otherwise make progress without the incremental weights you find at a gym, but a few inexpensive home tools and specific movements can go a long way.

It is important to ensure that you prioritize compound movements that work muscle systems, not individual muscles. You'll get a lot more done in less time if you focus on bigger movements - squat, bench, deadlift, row, overhead press.

Lower and upper body movements

Goblet squats and squat jumps are great for your lower body when you only have dumbbells. You could also try lunge variations, split squats, step-ups, and deadlift variations.

For your upper body, you could do some chest presses, pushups, row variations, curls, tricep extensions or pullups (if you have a pullup bar installed in a doorway.)

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High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

Any exercise can be a form of HIIT, if it follows a specific regimen where you vary your speeds and intensity when doing it.
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  • Jogging light...
HIIT home workout

HIIT workouts generally only last about 20 minutes, which makes them attractive for busy people (most of us).
A 20-Min HIIT home workout:

  1. Dynamic Warm-up
  2. Bodyweight Squats
  3. Push-ups
  4. Star Jacks (or other dynamic exercises)
  5. Inverted Row (or other pull exercises)
  6. Plank (or other core exercises).
  7. A stretching to cool down.
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Every day there is a particular workout prescribed that is completely scalable based on your skill. For example, if the workout calls for barbell squats with 135 pounds but you can only do squats with the bar (45 pounds), then that’s where you’ll start.

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  • Beginners to weight training: If you have never weight trained before, CrossFit is a great place for you to start, provided you have a great coach.
  • People looking for support and community: Every CrossFit gym has a really tight-knit community feel to it.
  • Fitness fanatics: The general protocol is 3 days on, 1 day off, but many CrossFitters end up at the gym more frequently. 
  • Masochists: You’ll often be in situations where you use all your effort to finish a workout and continue to push yourself beyond.
  • Former athletes: You get to compete with people in your class and go online to see how you did against the world’s elite CrossFit athletes.

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Uncomfortable situations

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Prevent Tiredness

General tiredness affects the majority of people.

Here are a few basic ideas to have all-day energy:

  1. Respect your body's sleep cycle
  2. Move around
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Respecting your body's sleep cycle

It is imperative to sleep 7 to 9 hours for most adults.

An alarm clock or phone alarm can interfere with the body's sleep cycle to wake us up before a cycle is completed. It is healthier to sleep while not being simulated and wake up naturally.

Don't be a Couch Potato

Apart from rest, it is crucial to have a daily exercise routine and get some sun exposure regularly.

Human beings are designed to move and be in the sun, trekking and toiling for hours. If you are feeling tired, walking outside in nature and getting some sun will help.

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Benefits

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  • Stay Safe. Do a warmup before you start, like a walk or an easy jog for 5 min.
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  • Use the Run/Walk Method. Start with running for one minute, then walk for one minute. Try to increase the running intervals over time.
  • Make It Manageable. Keep a conversational pace during each workout. If you can't speak in a full sentence, slow down. Breathe through your nose to get enough oxygen.

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Whatever you do, enjoy it

Choose something rewarding enough to make you feel good about doing it. If you're having a good time, mistakes feel like learning experiences and challenges to be overcome, not throw-up-your-hands-and-give-up moments.

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