Undertaking any large project, such as training to break a world fitness record, can seem like a daunting task. But with the right approach, it is possible to achieve your goals without the process becoming overwhelming.
Here are a few pieces of advice I’m using during my training for the Bonkers for Burpees challenge on Aug. 7 where I will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most burpees performed in one minute:
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- Break the process down into small, realistic steps. Doing so will keep you motivated, focused and safe. Set weekly goals that are challenging but not overly so — you don’t want to overtrain and injure yourself or burn out. Regularly review your objectives to ensure that you are on track and readjust when necessary.
- Know that the mental battle will be your biggest fight. Honestly, the physical training aspect is generally simple … just follow your workout plan. It’s often the daily grind, however, that can get in the way of any long-term project. A sick child, a bad day at work, traffic, even an unplanned cheat meal can derail our best laid plans. If you have an off day, acknowledge that it happens even to the best of us and start again tomorrow. You don’t have to be perfect, just consistent!
- Let others know about your plans — family, friends, colleagues, gym buddies. Positive reinforcement from others can help you keep moving forward. Also, the more people you tell, the less likely you’ll want to skip out on those workouts and/or cheat on your eating plan.
- Reward yourself when you reach each milestone — but not with food. Think of food as fuel for your body — something that keeps it running at optimum levels. When you feed it the wrong things — like too many sweets or too much alcohol — it can hurt your progress. It’s OK to plan an occasional cheat meal so you don’t feel completely deprived. But instead of celebrating your accomplishments with your favorite foods, consider alternatives like seeing a movie, buying new workout gear, getting a massage, or whatever makes you feel happy.
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