Are you a fit woman? Do you want to be a fit woman? Then this article is for you. Of course these tips will work for men too, but since our fanbase and readership is mostly women, I have titled this post as such. Here goes:
One: Be Motivated!
This is the most important tip at the very core of your fitness journey. No motivation leads to no action, leading to no results. Such is reality. Find out what motivates you. For some, it’s healthy competition. For others, it’s something else. I deal with this in a lot more detail in the Winning Psychology Manual. Remember to always keep your head in the game.
Two: Judge Your Program
Stereotypically in western culture, women are stereotyped to be judgmental. If you happen to have such a characteristic, channel it to something useful such as your fitness program. Get one that will suit you. Every woman is different. You may have surgical history where a program may not be suited for you. Always consult a qualified trainer to make sure that the fitness program will not hurt you. If the fitness program is not for you, it will only be a cause of frustration and injuries. Be discerning!
Three: Flexibility Is a Good Thing
I figured I’d address this point right after the “judgmental” one to show that they do not contradict one another. While you want a program that works, you want variety too. This is important to ensure you don’t get bored, and also good because it challenges your muscles. You can change your exercises, goals and sets every month to keep you motivated and on the go. Doing this will help you prevent being bored and losing energy physically and mentally.
Four: Big Muscles, Then Small
Obviously, exercises should work on the parts of your body where muscles are. The main reason is that in general, when you develop muscles, you burn more calories and which then reduces the fat levels in your body. Small muscles aid as accessories to larger muscles, as I have discussed in the Lifelong Fitness Blueprint. You don’t want to tire them out first.
Five: Increase the Load Gradually
Muscles adapt to loads. That is why you should always challenge them. Repeating the same sets of exercises and same weight without getting your muscles to work harder will not give satisfactory results. You can record your daily results and make the progression based on your previous data. A daily log will also motivate you since you are able to track how far you have gone. It builds confidence since there is a written proof something that was successfully accomplished.
Six: Ensure Your Targets Are Realistic
Wouldn’t you be frustrated if you set your mind on having a much slimmer figure in a month? You will, because it is unrealistic. Make sure that the body you want to get in a period of time is achievable and realistic. If you are huge, you didn’t gain all that weight in a month, so why do you think you can easily lose all of them in that same time frame.
Seven: Know the Lingo
I’m not suggesting that you should be educated at a high level. Some people are motivated to, but most of us simply don’t care. Even then, it would be good to understand the basic meaning of sets and reps. Spoiler alert: Every “number” that is accomplished is called a repetition (rep). Each “group” of reps is called a set. Vary your reps and sets according to your goals. This is discussed in greater detail in the Lifelong Fitness Blueprint.
To conclude, it takes a lot of factors to get healthier through exercise, but think of it as an educational journey. Subscribing to this blog is a good first step. There is no workout that is best for everyone. But you learn from experienced people. Learn to acknowledge blocks and demonstrate self-discipline, keep yourself motivated and work harder every day and add variety. Get motivated by subscribing to this blog, or take your game one step further by getting the Granite Fitness Masterclass.
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