How To Be More Disciplined With Your Health Goals


By Ben Lucas

Part of the battle when getting started again is holding yourself accountable and being disciplined about sticking to the plan.

Life is busy and sometimes obligations, work and social activities will get in the way, having a plan for all situations is a good way to stay on track and actually achieve your health and fitness goals.

Consider getting yourself a trainer

If you know that you won’t stick to your group fitness classes, and you don’t have a workout friend to come train with you, consider a PT.

If you have a plan and you literally put your money where your mouth is, then you are less likely to skip the gym. Truth is, it’ll leave you unfit and out of pocket – and if that’s what it takes to get you motivated – then so be it.

Working directly with an expert when you are just getting started is a good way to get you feeling comfortable in the gym as you have someone guiding you, showing you how things work, and professionally programming a tailored workout to suit your goals. Plus, you’ll actually show up, and that’s half the work done.

Have a contingency plan

You should always have a contingency plan. Have a little workout in mind that you can do from your home if you miss your morning trip to the gym, have your gym bag packed so you can train at lunchtime or after work. Add your workout to your ‘to do’ list and only tick it off once it’s done. Treat it like a task like any other that you need to do for the day.

Try this workout if you don’t have time to get out of the house.

  • 20 glute bridges
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 squats
  • 10 half burpees (stay in a plank and just jump your feet in and out at the same time)
  • x 4
  • 10 squats
  • 50 transverse mountain climbers
  • 20 jump squats
  • 10 burpees
  • x 4

If you have time, repeat.

Challenge your friends

I have been using the Apple Watch with a number of my clients and it has been a great way for me to keep them motivated and on track to achieve their goals, even when they are not with me.

  • I connect my device with theirs which allows me to check their profile to track daily activity and energy.
  • The watch adds an element of ‘gamification’ as they have certain targets that they should be reaching each day.
  • It’s social. I can have 25 friends or clients connected to my watch at any one time. I’m currently using it with a few members of my run club and it has been great at bringing everyone together and adding an element of camaraderie. We message each other, heckle each other and cheer each other on through monitoring their workouts.

Sign up to a challenge

Fun runs, obstacle courses, any competition with an end date is a great way to keep you motivated and accountable because you must achieve your goals by the set date. Consider signing up to a challenge that is 8-12 weeks away so you can create a training program and eating plan that will help you stay on track… and let us know how you go, would you?


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