The secret of a fitness program’s success doesn’t lie in your ability to get results, but in your ability to maintain them. Take these tips from Tony DeSantis, an International Sports Sciences Association Certified Master Trainer, to do just that.
- Treat food as fuel. Your body runs on food, and without proper eating habits and nutrition it won’t be able to support your fitness goals. Start by making easy substitutions in your diet: choose salmon instead of steak, quinoa rather than pasta. Get plenty of vegetables and protein, and eat five or six small meals a day instead of three larger ones.
- Change things up. Instead of sticking to the same pattern of workouts month after month, switch it up every three to four weeks to keep your body from hitting a performance plateau.
- Listen to your body’s cues. If you want to know if you are pushing yourself into the results zone, listen to your body. For example, are you sweating? Are you breathing heavily? Is your heart rate up? These are all cues that you are pushing yourself to peak performance.
- Focus on multiple muscles to get the best results. For example, work on your upper body, which incorporates chest, arms and back into the workout.
- Don’t forget to rest. Being fit doesn’t require you to be on the go 24/7. Give yourself time to rest to produce desired muscle mass.
— Adapted from “The 5 Reasons You Are Not Seeing Results,” Tony DeSantis, The Huffington Post.