1. Commit to making exercise a habit. For a new habit to stick, try to make a small change at first and set a routine. “If you like to work out in the morning, set a time that ensures you’ll do it every morning. Whether you’re walking, running, or doing a gym session, schedule the activity into your daily routine. The more you repeat a habit, the more likely it is to stick.”

2. Post your list of goals somewhere you’ll see it. Stick it to your fridge, tape it to your mirror—the constant reminder will keep your goals fresh in your mind. “But you should also post your fitness accomplishments. “For example: when you have ran the first kilometre, or the quickest kilometre. This will inspire you and push you to continue improving and meeting new targets.

3. Work on one goal at a time. “If you want to eat healthier, start with that—focus on making meal plans, for example. After you’re eating better, begin the next goal on your list. Gradually add on more once you have mastered the previous goal. Speak to a professional, who will help you set realistic goals and create programs that are sustainable.

4. Give yourself time benchmarks for each fitness goal. “This will keep you from getting frustrated and will allow you to stay realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Know your limits and what your body can actually attain. Once again this is where it can be really useful having the help of a professional trainer, as they will monitor progress and ensure you stay on track.

5. Stay focused. “Remember why you are getting fit in the first place “Always envision how great you are going to look and feel. Every day of being active and eating healthy is another day closer to reaching your goals.” For example that dress you really want to get into or the pair of trousers that would look great but don’t fit just yet.

6. Be patient! Tough but true: You’re not going to get results overnight. “Results come with time’ look at it like this In 1 month you’ll feel the difference, in 3 months you’ll see the difference, and in 6 months you can have a whole new body.

7. Find your fitness soul mate. Enjoying the kind of exercise you do helps keep you motivated to keep on doing it. If you try spin and leave the class looking forward to the next class you are far more likely to commit, likewise if you find it hard to be self-motivated a personal trainer can keep you focused and committed. With time you will learn and develop habits that you can translate into your own workout plans.

Toby King Personal Trainer

Toby King is a personal trainer in Cardiff that helps his clients lose weight, build muscle and improve their health. If you would like to hire Toby to help you achieve your fitness goals please get in touch.