All Hell Yeah Healthy plans are 12 weeks long. Why? Because sustainable habits take time to program in and we're sick off crash diets which don't work anyway.
This is by no means a complete list, nor am I saying that you absolutely must do all six items otherwise you're doomed to failure. BUT I really do think these little things have helped and can help anyone.
1. Be Honest
Not every week will be perfect. I can pretty much guarantee that. All my clients are normal people, with jobs, families, friends and events. Sometimes life gets in the way. This happens and it's ok. The key point is that they tell me. They don't flower it up and pretend all is well, and they don't get too fearful to speak up.
Why does this help? A problem shared is a problem halved. We look at what happened, combat any guilt or other issues together, look at what we can do next time. Learn, move on, grow stronger. No biggie.
2. Schedule Workouts In
Like I said before, everyone is busy. One hour is 4% of the day, some workouts only last thirty minutes. People who schedule their workouts in like they would a meeting, doctors appointment, family gathering, date etc. tend to do best at completing said workout. They no longer have to think about finding the time - They've already found it!
If it's scheduled in, it's a priority.
3. Plan Their Food
'You can't out-train a bad diet', as the saying goes. Which is true. This is why the your HYH plan will look at so much more than just exercise.
The people who do the best tend to plan their food as well as their exercise. This means less thinking through the day and a greater chance at sticking to healthy living.
Want a treat? No problem! Just plan it in. Going out for a meal? That can be managed (and enjoyed!). Balance your calories, go for healthy whole nutritious food most of the time, and don't deny yourself anything. Moderation is key (though this takes practice!).
A daily food plan doesn't take long to get to grips with and there are different types of planning. Find out what works best for you, then do it.
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4. Ask For Help and Stay In Touch
This is one of the most important parts of the program. Just the same as being honest, asking for help really... well... helps. We can work together to see what's happening and what the struggle is, and then come up with a plan of attack.
I love seeing picture messages of clients post-work out, or hearing about their meal out, or having them tell me about their week. It makes our relationship stronger, provides some accountability, and really makes me happy. The most successful clients don't feel like they're taking up my time- it's my job and I wouldn't have it any other way!
5. Appreciate Their Progress
Some days will feel like an uphill battle. Everyone gets them. Some weeks won't go as well as others, and some work-outs just aren't as good as you'd hoped.
BUT if the plan is being followed, progress is being made. People who notice their progress, celebrate it and congratulate themselves tend to spur themselves on even more. Which is a huge exciting upward spiral!
So appreciate every single little progress and be grateful you did it for yourself! Know there is even more to come, you just have to keep working towards it step by step.
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6. Have A Burning Desire To Reach What They Set Out To Do
So when we start out, the people who are determined and desperate for change are the people who tend to transform the most. They make full use of all the tools they're given, have their goal as motivation, know why they want it and what it will mean to achieve it.
Some days this motivation will sway slightly, but that's the joy of having a personal trainer, a twelve week program (no quitting!) and a clearly defined vision of what you want to achieve. You get right back in the saddle, remember why you started, and continue along to your destination.
So there you have it. Six key things that make a huge difference to the success of any health and fitness plan. Use them and reap the rewards!
Ready to make some changes and want some support and structure? Check out why all Hell Yeah Healthy Programs work and then find your perfect match.
Do you have any extra tips for me? Any comments? That's great- shoot me a message or leave me a comment below ❤
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