As with everything in life, fitness is about growth, learning and having a willingness to improve yourself. Having a fitness based goal can be fantastic to give you more focus when it comes to training and nutrition. However a major pit fall that is common in the fitness industry is what to do now that you have reached that goal.
Slow and Steady wins the race
How you got to your goal can have a major effect on what will happen after it has been reached. If the goal was weight loss or a body-measurement based goal, and the approach was a “quick fix diet” or “cleanse” then unfortunately very little would have been learned during this process.
People who take a slower, measured approach by adjusting their lifestyle and working on habits have a far greater chance of maintaining what they worked for as they have integrated these changes into their lives and it is now part of their every day life.
Continue To Create Lifestyle Changes
These habits may include introducing some mobility work to help you improve your strength in a certain exercise. Making healthier food choices will become easy once it becomes a part of your daily life.
It may be to get enough rest and sleep so that you are not fatigued when you are training, or it may be a habit to make sure that you are drinking enough water and staying hydrated in order to help you perform at your best.
Reflect on the journey
The next step to take is to reflect on what you did right and learn from the mistakes that you might have made along the way to once again better yourself going forward. It is not always the destination that is important, the journey that is taken is where we learn the most.
Enjoy The Process
Setting a new goal of something completely different may suit some people however simply training and looking after yourself is what others may prefer. Either way my advice is to not stop entirely for too long and let all the hard work, sacrifice and hard work go to waste.
Whether you have a goal or not, or indeed if you have reached that goal already, just continue to enjoy the process of training, eating right, healthy living and looking after your physical and mental health.