When beginning an exercise routine, you may start out with a great deal of enthusiasm. You have your goals in clear view and are ready to get started on the path to a toned physique and improved overall health. For many people, this enthusiasm lasts throughout the first week and even into the second week. However, as the third week rolls around, it is common for people to begin to lose steam. How can you overcome week three of your fitness routine so that you can continue on to reaching your ultimate fitness goals?
Set Realistic Goals
One of the biggest problems that people have during week three of their fitness plan is that they aren’t yet experiencing the results that they were hoping for. Some will go for the most extreme workouts like Insanity or Asylum right out of the gates to get the results immediately. Going crazy for the first two weeks and after week three see no difference in the mirror. This is often because they have set their sights too high for such a relatively short period of time. A better approach is to set milestone goals that can be achieved one step at a time. Your goals should also be realistic. Instead of focusing on your ultimate goal—such as losing a total of X amount of pounds or building a six pack—write down realistic and achievable milestone goals for yourself on a week-by-week basis. Keep a notebook that includes your milestone goals and accomplishments that you’ve achieved on a weekly basis (such as your fitness routine and dietary changes). This will help you to determine what is working for you and what isn’t. Over time, you will learn how to optimize your weekly routine for the best results.
Consider Joining a Challenge Group or a Workout Buddy
During week three, you may find that your motivation for exercise and other healthy habits is slowly petering out. For many people, it helps to work out with other people who can provide an extra source of motivation. Challenge Groups are ideal for people who need this extra push. In a Challenge Group, you will benefit from joining a group of people in the same journey and an extra sources of motivation from your Beachbody Coach and other members in the Challenge Group. You will also feel much more accountable to show up for exercise on a regular basis. You can learn more about joining our Challenge group by clicking here. Another aspect that may help would be to find a workout buddy. A workout buddy will also provide a motivational boost and will help in reducing exercise boredom since you will have someone to socialize with during fitness training. Don’t have a workout buddy, you can easily find one at Team Beachbody. All you need to do is get a Free Team Beachbody account and your on your way. You can get your free account by clicking here.
During week 3 of your exercise routine, you may experience a fitness plateau where you don’t seem to be gaining any more muscle or losing any more weight. Exercise variety is essential for working all of the body’s major muscle groups and for preventing fitness plateaus. If your current fitness routine is lacking in variety, it may be time to mix things up by including exercises that target all of your muscles, improve your endurance, boost your cardio health, and provide a number of additional benefits. If you are using a Beachbody program and getting bored of the routine you could look into creating a hybrid workout. Exercise variety will also make your fitness training much more interesting, which will help you to stick with exercise long-term.
“Variety is the spice of life.” – Tony Horton
Find your source of motivation, utilize the most effective variety of exercises, and set realistic milestone goals for yourself. You will then be able to reach your ultimate fitness goals and get past that dreaded week 3.
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