Winter is slowly letting go of it’s death grip on Minnesnowtan’s and I predict people who are anxious to get outside for exercise are biting at the bit to enjoy some warm weather and work on themselves. Race season is approaching and once it starts, it seems like everyone and their mother is out participating. Personally, I’m excited for everyone. I can’t wait to see people all over the trails, riding their bikes, and pushing the kids in the strollers without fully insulating them in coat suits like the Christmas Story.
So I wanted to post some helpful advise for beginners, or those who haven’t even started yet, novices, newbs….etc. This post is the first of a series in which I want to help layout how to set yourself up to make exercise a habit and achieve a new level of fitness for yourself. It’s time to get out of hibernation mode, so let’s go!
The first few posts are going to be a part of a series called Developing A Training Foundation:
Step 1: Analyze your motivation and Discipline
Many behavior professionals say that it takes 3 months (some say 6) to turn a new routine into a habit. So that means if your goal is to take on running as a regular routine in your life, you need to stick to a feasible routine that promotes physiological changes for at least 12 weeks. Anybody who has ever tried starting to train for something new, knows it takes a great deal of motivation and consistency to feel like they are not fearful of dropping off of their routine and their goal. What happens in that time that makes a difference for those who stick with it, gain confidence, make that activity a social outlet to keep motivation high, and develop a stronger conscious understanding of their body’s physical abilities. It is worth noting, that individuals who have a history of being relatively successful in sports in their past, or have acquired a strong competency in a similar physical activity, are the most likely to stick with their new routine during the first 12 weeks.
But another factor is important to consider in determining your fate, and if your going to stick with the pursuit of your goal. There is one additional factor that determines one’s ability to keep persistence and see something all the way through. As a beginner, you have to be able to accept your personal responsibility, your reason or values behind your goal, and be able to determine your fate.
How do you avoid falling off your routine and abandoning your goals?
The best method to assess where you are having difficulties or what components you are not strong with maintaining on your own. It is much easier to turn to help from others to help you improve in areas that are weaknesses. If you lack the ability to hold yourself accountable, but you know having others who will call you out if you flake will be the driving force to keep you on track, consider having a coach work with you, or join a group who exercises together and will encourage you. It’s not that you lack the ability to achieve your goal, it may just be that you need more of a support system to keep you engaged until you develop the habit.
Lead into our Vision at TriFitness: “Our motto is “Swim, bike, run…live it.” We do not want to be just a retail store. We are a community, an experience and sometimes an adventure. We believe athletes come in all shapes and sizes. They are also at many different knowledge and experience levels. All deserve our respect. We strive to help them develop their potential no matter where they start. We believe they should have fun and enjoy the rewards of a healthier lifestyle.“
We have a great community here composed of people from all levels of experience and ambitions. Our summer Tri Club team is the best opportunity to get out there and participate in training with a group, meet new people, and add to your social support system to keep you on the road to your goal. Members have the opportunity to 3 coached workouts each week during the summer, receive discounts on races, apparel, and gain access to the group email log, (where athletes constantly posts for workout partners to ride, swim, or run with). The coached workouts each week are led by knowledgeable, passionate, and certified personal trainers who compete at high levels themselves. They can provide various levels of intensity in workouts to different ability levels in athletes in attendance. You can always count on getting pushed a little harder than you would do your own, have plenty of new friends to make, and expert resources to utilize for questions.
To learn more information about why Tri Club is the key to turning your fitness goal this year into a lifestyle at a great deal. Visit this link to learn more: http://www.trifitnesswbl.com/as_tri-club.
TriFitness TriClub BBQ 2013
I will continue the process of developing a training foundation in the next post with choosing the right tools to execute your goal. Thanks everyone, and please feel free to provide feedback, or suggestions on post topics regarding training you would like to see in the future.