Now that spring has FINALLY sprung, we can’t wait to go out and explore the great outdoors. ‘Tis the season for adventure, and we want it all — hikes and oceans and road trips, these are a few of our favorite things.
It’s also a great time to evaluate your personal fitness goals and do what you can to grow your gains (physical and mental). We asked #UHBauer marketing senior Sophia Pierce, a fitness social media influencer (Instagram: @sophia_nicolee_ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sophianicolefit ) who works for Alphalete Athletics, to give us her tips for reaching your goals.
Do It For You
When starting off your fitness journey, your motivation should always start with doing it for yourself. While setting goals is important, such as training for a “summer body,” getting in shape for a wedding, or even wanting to improve your overall health, you have to want to do it for yourself first. By doing so, you will always be at the center of your own vision and goals which leads to a more consistent and productive journey.
Enjoy the Ride
Never compare your starting point to someone else’s midpoint or end goal. Everyone starts off somewhere different and it is critical to remember that because of varying backgrounds, goals, and lifestyles, your journey will always be unique to you alone.
Keep the End in Mind
As with anything in life, progress is never linear. There will always be ups and downs, but ultimately, the challenges in and outside the gym are what initiate growth. By keeping your end goals in mind and recognizing the progress you have already made, no matter how small, you will be in a much better position to achieve your goals quicker and more effectively.
Celebrate Your Successes
There are no fast tracks to your fitness goals. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or simply change your lifestyle, getting into the gym and making changes takes time. More often than not, people are disappointed because they do not see immediate results and then give up — but progress is a process. Making small amounts of self-improvement is just as important as hitting your big goals because the little things do add up. Trust the process and keep your head up!