Do you struggle with maintaining a fitness plan? Not quite sure why you can’t get started or just keep going? Cory Hymas of Custom Fitness Seminars discusses The 5 C’s of Fitness that may be just the key to get you over your fitness rut.
The Five C’s of Fitness are:
1. Clarity of Vision – setting time-based goals.
Cory recommends at least the following three goals:
- Participating in a fitness-oriented activity such as a 5K run or triathlon;
- Setting a goal to reach an idea pant or dress size; and
- Attending a social event where others can see your progress such as a school reunion, wedding or graduation.
Once you create your goals, post them in high visibility areas such as your car, at work or in your bathroom.
2. Commitment – visualize the accomplishment of your goals.
3. Consistency – make fitness a priority in your life. Find a workout partner so that you can stick to your program. Research shows that you are four times more likely to succeed with a fitness plan if you work out with someone else.
4. Confidence – break negative patterns and behaviors. Cory recommends making a collage of everything that motivates you and putting it in a place to remind you of your goals and that you can achieve them.
5. Control – take control of your plan from within by asking yourself what you eat, where you eat, why you eat, when you eat, and how you eat. Then focus on eating five to six healthy meals a day every two and one half to three hours.
With the right mindset, you can then focus on your exercise plan. To get fit, you should:
- Engage in at least 20 minutes of cardio exercise a minimum of two to three times a week. Treadmills, elliptical machines or stair climbers are great at the gym. You can use exercise videos to workout at home.
- Strength training should be performed at least two to three times a week on non-consecutive days. You want to perform one set of 12 to 25 reps of an exercise for each muscle group. You should rest 15 to 30 seconds before moving to the next exercise.