America is in the grip of an epidemic, one involving weight related diseases. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other medical conditions that were once rare are now commonplace. And it’s all because of our expanding waistlines and our sedentary lifestyles. If you’ve decided to do something about it, congratulations. However, you need to understand that just joining a gym doesn’t automatically translate to success. In fact, most new gym members (and many veteran members) actually don’t see the results they want. Here are five crucial tips to help you actually achieve your goals and improve your health.

You Need a Measurable Goal

Just heading into the gym for some workout time isn’t really going to do much for your waistline or your physique. That’s because you’re not actually working toward anything. By setting goals, you can measure your progress toward them. You also need to ensure that your goals are as concrete as possible – not vague or general. A good example of a measurable goal is “I want to lose 20 pounds”, rather than “I want to lose weight”. Or, “I want to be able to lift 100 pounds” instead of “I want to be in better shape”. The more specific your goals are, the better you can track your progress and the more likely you are to stay motivated toward reaching your goals.

What You Eat Matters

Yes, you know that you should be watching your caloric intake. However, understand that improving your fitness is about more than just reducing the number of calories you eat. You’ll also need to ensure that you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals, as well as the amount of protein needed to build muscle. You need to create a complete meal plan, and for most of us, it involves almost completely changing the types of food we eat.

You Need a Partner

Working out alone is boring. It’s dull. It’s dreary. Most people who join a gym alone find that they just can’t handle the boredom and quit sooner rather than later. This is where a partner comes in. Working out with a partner (whether that’s a friend, a spouse, or another family member) will help you stay on track. Not only will you have someone to talk to and commiserate with, but you’ll have someone to help hold you accountable for reaching the goals we talked about earlier.

You Need a Portfolio Tailored to You

Everyone is different, and, so, a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness is probably not going to work for you. Instead, you need a personalized portfolio of exercises and fitness practices that will help you reach those all-important goals. A portfolio provides guidance and direction, as well as helping you chart your progress toward better health.

Get in touch with us here at Alliance to learn more about how we can help create a personalized portfolio, meal plan and eating analysis to skyrocket your fitness level.