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Basic rules to start, and keep you, on the right fitness path…

By Gareth Evans, i-motion gym Managing Director.

As a new gym starting out in the Stafford area, that started life in the New Year, I thought a good place to start would be…. well the start! Fitness basics are often overlooked or forgotten; yet they are the essential foundation to a good fitness regime. Here we look at some basics that should remain constant for any fitness goals that you are looking to achieve this 2016.

Too many people set out on their fitness journey with little, or no, end destination; for some people the end destination might be to be able to complete a Marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes, for others it might be to attain a certain weight or level of fitness and then maintain that. Whatever the goal is it should be clear and measurable. The destination is the driving force behind everything you are about to do. If you don’t have one, get one! Then work back and set periodic targets from there.

Once you start out on your fitness journey be honest with yourself! It may sound stupid but too many people demand too much from themselves and subsequently just fail, how many of us have hit the gym hard for a week and then never been back? Everyone has weaknesses, and that is normal, so don’t say you are going to give up wine if you love wine. Just build a healthy approach to having your wine. You also need to be honest with your other commitments, fitness goals need to fit in with work, family and other commitments, so allocate the time you can afford, build your targets around this, and then commit to it. If you don’t you will end up stretching other areas of your life and fitness will eventually suffer.

Re-address your targets – it is no good to set your fitness targets, become a gym regular and attain your chosen target and then just ‘coast’ along your fitness journey. Set a new target, push yourself, challenge yourself and keep it fresh and interesting. For many gym members the target can be to complete a race or event that they commit to and then work back from.

Make it happen, everyday. Your fitness target should be worked towards on a daily basis. I know this almost condescends what I said previously, but even if it is some small steps to your overall target, you should have a period of time to focus on your goals everyday; a prime example is to make sure you stick to your diet goals on a day when you know you cant exercise, it doesn’t necessarily cost time but does move you towards your target. And yes that includes weekends!

Happy target setting, if you would like to see or hear more from me then please feel free to follow me on Twitter @evansgjc. Join i-motion gym at www.i-motiongym.com

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