Starting a successful routine – “Change”

Often change is looked at as a negative. As humans, most of us are creatures of habit and we thrive on routine. Functioning in a very fast paced society, it's often required for us to establish a routine in order to achieve success in all aspects of life. Working as a personal training over the past five years, I have had the opportunity to train all different types of people - from athletes to soccer moms and everyone in between. One common thing I have noticed about every one of my clients is that we all thrive off of the same thing - developing and maintaining a healthy routine when it comes to diet and exercise has been the key ingredient to obtaining and maintaining successful results.

So the million dollar question is: How do we change our current habits and make the time to incorporate exercise and healthy habits into our current lifestyle? To be completely honest, many people find it challenging at first.

However, like most things, once it becomes a habit it sticks and you don't have to think twice about working out, eating healthy and taking your supplements on a daily basis. It is just something that comes natural and only brings about positive, healthy results that are life changing.

How do we change our current routines and break the old bad habits in order to develop new healthy ones that bring about positive change and results? It all comes down to making that initial decision to change and then committing to that decision. We all have to start somewhere, and that is why it is so important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. What better than writing down those goals and making a game plan of how you are going to accomplish them? Once it is on paper, it is hard to ignore. At times, we all have moments of weakness, and that's where having a personal trainer and/or a good training partner to help you push yourself along the way can make a huge difference as well. Accountability plays a huge role in our success, and now you have the tools to hold yourself accountable for working your hardest to get the results you want.

If we can put effort into our jobs and relationships, then shouldn't we invest just as much, if not more, time and effort into our health? Remember, there are always going to be excuses to not eat right or go to the gym but there is never an excuse to not work hard for what you want. Aren't most people looking for a hotter body and better health? I don't really think there is any excuse for not getting those things unless you just don't care.

Next we will be discussing the first of five key ingredients that go into establishing a successful routine - Commitment, Cardio, Weight Training and Nutrition and Supplementation. So stayed tuned and stay motivated!!! -Melissa