Besides a healthy diet, I feel the #1 building block, to improving your fitness, is being consistent with your activity. Many people want to get in better “shape” and jump in, feet first, and go crazy with a bunch of exercise right out of the gate. The fact is, it’s hard to keep that up consistently. The key is to pick a specific day and time that you will be doing whatever activity you choose. Then stick to it, no matter how you feel at that time. It’s kind of like planning your meals ahead of time and not waiting until you are starving, you won’t make a good decision.
At FTGF, we help with the schedule part, because there are scheduled “class times” for the Group Training or scheduled “appointments” for the 1 on 1 Personal Training. There is always a specific starting time and you put it in your schedule. You PLAN on it!! It’s not like you can just go to the gym whenever you like, and then put it off, until it’s too late, and then you end up not going at all. It’s a routine part of your schedule or day. There is built in accountability with the software we use. Everyone knows when you are signed up for a class. We/they know if you did what you said you were going to do. It’s pretty simple. AND it works.
Key components to success in your fitness goals. Listed in order of importance.
1. Nutrition: Without proper fuel, engines will never run well.
Cutting out pop, and any processed sugars would be the first step to better nutrition.
2. Sleep: Without proper rest, there will not be enough energy to perform on any level.
You MUST get AT LEAST 6 hours per night, but 7.5-9 would be preferred.
3. Activity: Without training your body, you cannot expect to become stronger or more conditioned.
We like to see people in the gym a minimum of 3x per week. That is why we do the memberships the way we do. Normally, that is all your body is ready for when you first start CrossFit. That doesn’t mean you can’t go for a walk or swim or some other form of activity on NON gym days. Schedule it, make it happen.