Congratulations – you’ve finished a Round of 12WBT! You’ve pushed through old vices, habits and mindsets to take back control of your health.
So…what next? How you keep that momentum – while still giving yourself a well-earned pat on the back – is crucial.
Here are 9 tips for ongoing success:
1. Take your foot off the gas
Working hard for a solid 12 weeks can be tough on the body, so take some time out from the intensity and spend a week or two regrouping, recuperating and resting for a revived approach to your next Program.
2. Re-write your goals
Your goals may change significantly as you get more confident and savvy with your exercise, so take the time to look at what you would like to achieve over your next block of training. This will guide you to what it is you should focus on next.
3. Choose a new focus and set-up your program
With your goals and intentions sorted, focus on what exercise or training you need to get there.
This could include a gym membership, a group to join, an event to enter, another 12WBT Round or investing in some home equipment.
4. Stay consistent
While it’s a good idea to give yourself some space to breathe between bouts of hard training, it’s important to maintain movement to prevent drop off.
Even walking is a nice way to break up your training and keeps the momentum of a great routine.
5. Try something different
Break up your training with lots of different activities and try something new. This challenges your fitness and sparks new energy.
6. Adjust your calories
You have reached your goal weight, so what now? After 2 weeks of being at your goal, gradually increase your calories with a sensible head, to get back up to a level that you will continue to follow as an ongoing plan.
7. Plan your meals
Reaching your goals does not mean to go back to the way you tackled your nutrition previous to your round, so get organised with your meal preparation and you’re always aligned with a healthier lifestyle.
8. Time to stretch more
Stretching is a perfect opportunity to give back to your body and spend some time between tough training schedules.
Following a basic stretch sequence each day or even a class such as yoga is a great way to loosen those muscles.
9. Keep a training diary
Logging what you do within a workout is a fantastic way to note your progress and boost your confidence to raise the bar with each session.
Keep a diary of your workouts, track how you feel too and watch how much stronger/fitter you feel when you reflect on the results.