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  • Jo Everill-Taylor

10 Top Tips To Help You Improve Your Fitness Levels

Ok so we all want to stay fit and active, but how do we motivate ourselves to get fitter and stay fitter!!

Changing behaviour to improve fitness levels requires dedication, commitment, and a systematic approach.

Here are some strategies to help you make positive changes:

1.Set Specific Goals: Define clear and specific fitness goals that are meaningful to you. Whether it's running a certain distance, losing weight, or increasing strength, having specific targets provides direction and motivation.

2.Start Small and Gradually Increase: Make small, manageable changes to your routine rather than attempting drastic changes all at once.

For example, start with adding a 15-minute walk to your daily routine and gradually increase the duration or intensity over time.

Building habits gradually increases the chances of long-term success.

3.Create a Routine: Establish a consistent exercise routine that fits your schedule and preferences.

Choose activities you enjoy, whether it's going to the gym, taking a dance class, doing some Pilates or hiking.

Consistency is key to making fitness a regular part of your life.

4.Find an Accountability Partner: Team up with a friend, family member, or fitness buddy who shares similar goals.

Having someone to exercise with or hold you accountable can provide support, motivation, and make the process more enjoyable.

This is also why group exercise classes work well as you have a specific time booked in your diary rather than thinkong "I'll do it later....."

5.Make it Enjoyable: Find ways to make fitness enjoyable and fun. Explore different activities, try new workout classes, or listen to music or podcasts during workouts.

When you enjoy what you're doing, you're more likely to stick with it.

6.Track Your Progress: Keep a record of your workouts, progress, and achievements. Tracking your progress can help you stay motivated, see your improvement over time, and identify areas where you may need to make adjustments.

7.Focus on Behaviour Changes: Instead of solely focusing on outcomes like weight loss or muscle gain, concentrate on changing your behaviours and habits.

For example, prioritize consistency, proper form, and gradually increasing intensity or duration.

Shifting your mindset from outcome-based goals to behaviour-based goals can lead to more sustainable changes.

8.Stay Flexible and Adapt: Recognise that setbacks and obstacles are a part of the process. If you miss a workout or have a challenging day, don't get discouraged.

Learn from it, adjust your plan if needed, and get back on track.

9.Seek Professional Guidance: Consider consulting with a fitness professional, such as a personal trainer or your Pilates coach, who can help design a tailored exercise program and provide expert guidance and support.

10.Prioritize Rest and Recovery: Adequate rest and recovery are essential for fitness improvement.

Allow time for your body to recover between workouts, prioritize sleep, and listen to your body's signals to avoid overtraining and prevent injuries.

Remember that behaviour change takes time and patience.

Stay committed, stay positive, and celebrate your progress along the way.

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