This morning someone described difficulty getting started with their training. There are a number of strategies you could employ. One of the easiest and most research supported strategies is to formulate your goals using if-then planning. If-Then planning allows you to know where and when you will accomplish your goal.
It’s very simple and easy to use. The formula is: If X happens then I will do Y.
For example: If it is Monday morning I will go to the gym for an hour and workout.
This works because it utilizes your brain’s natural thought process that scans for information related to the if portion. Once it makes the connection the plan begins to take place even subconsciously at times.
One study looked at people who had the goal of becoming regular exercisers. Half the participants were asked to plan where and when they would exercise each week (e.g., “If it is Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, then I will hit the gym for an hour before work.”) The results were dramatic: months later, 91% of if-then planners were still exercising regularly, compared to only 39% of non-planners.
(For more information check out http://99u.com/…/how-to-use-if-then-planning-to-achieve-any…)
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