Set Smart Health Goals | Health Fitness – Gulf News

We are now almost two months into the new year and this is where it can start to get tough. That intense enthusiasm has faded, and with it, your motivation to follow a health and fitness routine is likely waning. Consistency and commitment are essential for the exercise to translate into long-term results, but how do you get there?

This can work if you set short-term weekly or monthly goals that are measurable, rather than for the entire year. It’s much more achievable, and I can say it has worked for me, personally, and helped keep me motivated.

– Louise Whiles, Head of Education, Reform Athletica

Louise Whiles, head of training, Reform Athletica, says it can work if you set short-term weekly or monthly goals that are measurable, rather than for the whole year. “It’s much more achievable, and I can say it has worked for me, personally, and helped keep me motivated.”

Basically I think the main problem with people losing focus is the lack of planning on how to get there step by step (week by week) – as well as setting goals that are too far off, so it’s a recipe for loss of motivation.

– Roberto Julio, Head of Education, Reform Athletica

Roberto Julio, Training Manager, Reform Athletica, says: “Fundamentally, I think the main problem with people losing focus is a lack of planning on how to get there step by step (week by week) – as well as setting goals that are too out of reach, so it’s a recipe for loss of motivation.

You can’t try to undo those sedentary years spent resorting to misguided eating habits and unrealistic goals, says Roberta Silveira de Souza, fitness manager at FitNGlam. “When we try restrictive diets and hours of exercise, we realize that these strategies are not sustainable. Hunger and fatigue are followed by frustration and [feelings of] failure.”

When we try restrictive diets and hours of exercise, we realize that these strategies are not sustainable. Hunger and fatigue are followed by frustration and [feelings of] failure.

– Roberta Silveira de Souza, Fitness Manager, FitNGlam

There are small victories you can watch out for that can help you celebrate sticking to your goals and motivate you to keep going. “In my experience as a trainer, the only thing that gets you progress is progress,” says Bijo Joy, a Dubai-based personal trainer, prep coach and regular bodybuilding competitor. “People who make quick resolutions expect quick results. Fitness has always been a journey and it will remain so. Knowing your morphology, training accordingly and following a suitable diet can help you progress. And those who find little progress when they see themselves in the mirror will stay, the others will drop out.

People who make quick resolutions expect quick results. Fitness has always been a journey and it will remain so. Knowing your morphology, training accordingly and following a suitable diet can help you progress.

– Bijo Joy, Dubai-based personal trainer, prep coach and regular bodybuilding competitor

The most important thing is to find something you enjoy doing, otherwise there will be no longevity. “I’m a runner myself, and I do it because it makes me happy,” says Whiles. “Getting to the gym or staying physically active is hard enough for most to maintain motivation, so why make it even more of a challenge by doing something you just don’t like?”

Julio’s approach is that small steps accelerate results, not the other way around. “I aim to impress on clients that consistency and small changes to your existing routine are more important than doing something drastic with both your workouts and your eating habits,” he says. “Subtle adjustments are more effective and long-lasting in both achieving your goals and avoiding injury.”

Silveira de Souza adds, “I assess each case and set goals that are compatible with each client’s lifestyle. First nutritional education, followed by training that gradually intensifies, giving the body time to adapt to the permanent changes.

I have seen so many Body Transformers fail to maintain a certain appearance and regain the weight they had previously lost once their program was completed. This is simply because a drastic body transformation is far from sustainable for the majority of us to continue for a long period of time.

– Manami Katsu, personal trainer at Warehouse Gym.

That’s not to say you can’t achieve perfect definition after an intense routine, it’s just that short-term results rarely stick. “I’ve seen so many Body Transformers fail to maintain a certain appearance and regain the weight they previously lost after completing their program,” says Manami Katsu, personal trainer at Warehouse Gym. “It’s simply because a drastic body transformation is far from sustainable for the majority of us for a long time. I make sure to help my clients change their mindset to be in better health and build a great training base while we have a program together, so they can even train on their own afterwards.Plus, I provide a clear reverse diet plan so they can increase gradually calorie intake without unwanted weight gain.

What goals does fit set itself? “As a regular competitor, my goal will obviously be another stage appearance, for which I will have to give 110%,” says Joy. “Every year I have to increase the quality and quantity of my muscles because you can’t expect your fellow competitors to bring. Bodybuilders normally have a winning season and a cutting season. These seasons are goals for them.

Visually seeing written goals helps you stay motivated, reminding you why you started in the first place. “Also be kind to yourself and be aware of your current fitness level and start slow,” advises Katsu. “If you have a sedentary lifestyle, even walking a few miles a day is great exercise. Keep going until it becomes a daily habit.

About Keith Johnson

Check Also

5 Healthy Habits Viola Davis Swears By To Look Amazing At 57

Viola Davis is the embodiment of strength, power and beauty. And at 57, she’s never …