Year after year, thousands of women join the latest diet and exercise programs with the hopes of being able to shed excess weight so that they can feel more energetic and confident about their bodies. Every year, countless women are disappointed by the results of their diet and exercise plans.
What went wrong for these women? And, more importantly, how can you avoid disappointment at the end of your own health fitness program?
There are actually a few things that you can do to maximize the results of your health fitness program, including:
Set Reasonable Goals
Before beginning any weight loss or fitness regimen, it is important to know what your goals are and to have a reasonable expectation of reaching said goals.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, establish how much weight you want to lose and how quickly you would need to lose it under your selected program. Odds are, if your weight loss goal would have you trying to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week, then you might need to reassess your goals.
Why? Because extreme weight loss (loss in excess of 3-4 pounds a week) can be unhealthy, and could lead to severe health problems. Also, such extreme goals are very difficult to meet, and create an unreasonable performance expectation. Failure to meet an extreme goal can be discouraging, which in turn leads to less engagement with your fitness or health plan.
Study ALL of the Features of Your Health/Fitness Plan before Starting it
When looking at a fitness or health regimen, take the time to read all of the program’s features, including:
- Length of the program.
- Dates/times of meetings.
- Location where meetings occur.
- Location of program’s headquarters/office.
- Any special medical notices.
- Dietary restrictions.
- Names of registered physicians involved with the program, if any.
- Any medications that the program uses.
- Support networks tied into the program.
Two of the biggest reasons that a health or fitness program fails are:
- The people taking part in it aren’t able to reconcile their lifestyle to the program;
- They are not given the support they need to keep up with the program on a day to day basis.
By carefully examining fitness programs before signing on for them, you can find a program that provides everything you need to succeed, which increases your chances of being satisfied with the results of your program.
Get Your Checkups, While Still on the Program
One of the best things you can do to protect your well-being while on a health or fitness program is to schedule several physicals with your doctor to check your condition throughout the program. This way, if the fitness program is causing health complications for you, your doctor can spot the problem straight away and help prevent serious complications.
At the very least, getting regular checkups can help to reinforce the effectiveness of your health program and keep you motivated to stay on track.
Have a Plan for after the Program
For those who successfully complete their health/fitness programs and meet their weight loss or other goals, the end of the program is only the beginning. All too often, weight that was lost while on the program comes back, with some people actually gaining more weight than before.
For this reason, it is important to prepare for the end of the program by establishing your own post-program exercise and meal plan. If your program has a lifestyle coach, consulting with him or her can be incredibly helpful in adjusting your lifestyle to prevent weight gain after the program ends.
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