Personal trainers can be a valuable resource in your journey to getting (and staying) fit. However, those fitness experts often come at a steep price. To help remove some of that burden, we compiled a few tips for you, so you can hit the ground (literally) running in time for spring.
Keep reading to find out how you (yes, YOU!) can be your own personal trainer and leave those hefty fees in the dust.
Find out where you’re going: It’s easy to lose motivation when you don’t have a specific goal in mind. Before you start a new workout plan, take time to figure out exactly where you’d like to go. Want to run a 5k this summer? Or maybe shed those last 10 pounds and rock that bridesmaid’s dress? No matter your aspirations, having an end-goal top of mind throughout your journey will keep you motivated to get there.
Stay patient and persistent: Any worthwhile goal takes some time to accomplish. We know you’re excited to begin your new workout regimen, but try to start with small, attainable goals. By taking manageable steps, you’ll set yourself up to achieve those bigger goals. You may not notice immediate results, but that’s to be expected! Don’t give up—your persistence will pay off in the long run (pun intended).
Hold yourself accountable: It’s up to you to track your daily doings like meals, exercise and, of course, goals. It may seem like a chore, but keeping track of your activity will help keep you on the path to success. After a few days, logging your actions will become second nature, all the while bolstering organization and focus.
Celebrate: Discipline is important in any fitness program, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reward yourself along the way! Use positive reinforcement to stay on track and motivated. Just ran a personal best mile time? Better get that workout tank you’ve been eyeing. Ate healthy each day this week? Treat yourself to dessert Friday night. Small rewards like this can help you feel like you’re making progress while keeping your sanity. I mean let’s be honest, no one should go weeks without dessert.
Setting up a fitness program can be daunting, but these tips can help you achieve your goals while saving you some extra cash, too. Who wouldn’t appreciate that? Enjoy the spring, savvy savers, and remember to check out Summit’s Money Smarts blog for more ways to save money and own it every day!