Getting back into a training routine can be challenging, no matter the time of year. Nuffield Health Personal Trainer, Olivia Tyler gives top tips for goal-setting, adding a training plan and building an effective routine to set yourself up for success.
- Start by setting your goals
Always start by setting goals that are SMART;
Laying the groundwork will help you establish your priorities and motivate you to get started. Once you have your SMART goals, a plan will help maximise your workout time, leaving you less time wondering what to do and how to do it.
- Add a training plan in line with your goals
A training plan will help you achieve a well-rounded workout, which can help prevent injury and maximize results. Having a plan allows you to rebuild your fitness steadily and safely. Planning ahead can help you cue workouts and avoid procrastination.
- Define your training plan
Identify the number of times a week you can commit to physical activity, including rest times, and build in some flex. Even the best-laid plans will have in-the-moment changes sometimes.
- Set realistic targets to reach your goals and adjust according to your progress
- Break down the activities you want to complete; avoid overloading your schedule and feeling like you’re unable to accomplish all you have scheduled
- Commit to PT support- adding an expert to your training routine will give you guidance, motivation, and accountability
- Keep it balanced; even if you’re aiming to build cardiovascular endurance for a long run, you should include exercises for flexibility and strength to avoid injury.
It’s important to remember that having a plan isn’t about being restrictive. Putting time aside to think about your workouts can help you tick off the basics, adapt when necessary and make time to try new things.