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    Nine Training Tips to keep you on track with your personal fitness goals.  Staying focused and motivated will help you achieve maximum result with your exercise plan.

    Here are some basic training tips to keep you on course with your exercise plan and your journey toward a healthy, active and pain-free life…
    Training Tip #1: Set Achievable Goals. Having personal goals is great for motivation; whether it’s to lose ten pounds before the summer or race in your first marathon, goals give us a tangible target to aim for. But to really see progress, it’s important to break your goals down into smaller more manageable chunks, and reward yourself each time you reach a target in your exercise plan.

    Training Tip #2: Monitor Your Progress. Many people keep a training log or journal as a way to track progress in their exercise routine.  It is also a great motivator on the days when you are not feeling like sticking to the exercise plan. A fitness journal will remind you of your efforts to date and encourage you to not let all that valuable time and energy you’ve put in go to waste.

    Training Tip #3: Exercise with a Partner. Having a partner to join you in your exercise routine is a fantastic motivator. It’s more fun to workout with a friend, he or she often helps to push you, and on days when you just don’t feel like sticking to the exercise plan, it’s much harder to bail out knowing that someone else is depending on you.

    Training Tip #4: Play Your Favorite Music. If you enjoy listening to music, using it as part of your exercise routine can be a huge boost. Research has shown that listening to music while exercising can help you push harder and enjoy your workout more. With all of the great technology and portable gadgets available today, there are dozens of options to play music during your exercise routine. Create your own fitness playlist and tune-in to whatever sounds get you moving.

    Training Tip #5: Visualize Your Success. One of the secrets elite athletes use is visualizing themselves achieving success, winning races, etc. Their mind then directs their behavior towards achieving those goals. Picture yourself the way you want to be – how you’ll look when you’ve lost ten pounds, how it feels to finish your first marathon, etc. Visualize this when you wake up in the morning, throughout the day, and just before you fall asleep at night. By training your body through the mind, you’ll soon be on your way to realizing that vision.

    Article By: Rob Dabney

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