How to stick to your fitness goals

When getting involved in fitness everyone has a goal in mind they want to achieve, these can vary from losing weight, gaining weight or just improving your overall health. However one of the harder things to do is to stick with it and achieve the goals you set out for yourself when you started.

With the New Year coming up and lots of people having the goal to get fit, we are going to give you some ways to help you stick to your fitness goals.

1. Plan something for every session

When goal setting, a lot of people just set one long term goal and aim for that. However if after a month you haven't achieved it you can start to get disheartened and might question your commitment. Setting small, incremental goals will get rid of this. For example if you ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes one session, plan to run for 16 the next time and add 1 minute each time after. Before you know it you'll be well on your way to hitting your targets.

2. Set a deadline

This can work well with planning something for every session, as you can work out what improvements you need to make each session to complete your ultimate goal. This can also keep motivation high because when you start getting nearer the time you set for your goal you know that you aren't far off what you set out to achieve.

3. Write down your goals

There have been various studies regarding this and the overwhelming consensus is that by writing something down you are around 40% more likely actually do it. When writing these down they can be short or long term goals. So when setting yourself targets, write them down and you'll be more likely to achieve them!

4. Reward yourself

Don't wait for the end goal to reward yourself! If you are starting something new and hit a milestone you never thought you would then give yourself a reward. It doesn't have to be extravagant even a simple reward can keep you motivated to achieve the next milestone.

5. Don't be afraid to ask for help

If you're struggling to stick to your fitness goals, are unsure of how to do a specific exercise or would like to try something new at the gym but aren't sure how we can help. You can speak to a personal trainer at one of our sites, check out our social media channels for guides on how to perform specific exercises or read our other blogs, such as 5 top tips on how to lose weight.

6. Get a friend involved

Going to the gym with someone will keep your motivation up as you will encourage each other to keep going and you will both be more likely to achieve the goals you set. Best of all if your friend is hesitant they can give one of our centres a try if you share a free pass with them: