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4 secrets for sticking with a training plan

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Struggling with your workout plan? Jess Ennis-Hill gives her top tips to help you stay on track with your training, as seen in The Times...

 

 

1. Write down your goal

Whether your aim is to feel stronger, fitter, more positive, lose weight or something else, have a real think about what your health or fitness goal is, why it’s so important and what the specifics are. The more detail, the better. In fact, when it came to my Olympic goal, I even visualised the crowd cheering. 

If you write down your goal and spend time visualising it, you’re 42% more likely to achieve it, according to a recent study. To help you out with that, we've included a goal-setting guide and Fitness tracker as part of the Jennis programme, which you can stick to your fridge to keep you on track.

 

If you write down your goal and spend time visualising it, you’re more likely to achieve it

2. Plan workouts at the start of each week

At the same time each week (I do this on a Sunday) write down when you plan to do your training sessions. This means that you can see what other things you have going on that week and plan around them. Yet again, if you write it down, you’re more likely to stick to it. To help you out with this, we've created a Fitness Planner, which you get as part of your Welcome Pack on the Jennis programme.

3. Keep mixing it up

Your body is very clever and gets used to upping your activity levels quite quickly (annoying, right?). So, if you want to keep getting fitter or stronger, which in turn keeps you motivated, you have to keep tricking it. To make that happen, you either need to up the intensity of your efforts every other week or increase the number of times you train. My coach, Toni Minichiello, helped me to do that throughout my career and we'll show you how you can do the same on the Jennis Fitness programme in our Get Started Welcome pack.

Your body is very clever and gets used to upping your activity levels quite quickly. So if you want to keep getting fitter or stronger, which in turn keeps you motivated, you have to keep tricking it

4. Celebrate all wins

There’s no point just focusing on the big goal. You have to give yourself credit for your weekly wins, because waiting too long to feel like you have achieved can kill your motivation. Whether that’s completing all your planned workouts for the week, getting exercise in when your work has been crazy, or upping one of your weekly workouts from intermediate to advanced, it’s really important to celebrate regularly to keep that momentum going. To help you with this, we help you set both weekly and bigger goals.

 

As seen in the Times

 

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