Staying On Track During Serious Training

kickboxinghighkick_t5txThe other day we talked about the difference between training and practicing which got me to thinking: Why not write kickboxing “Staying On Track” article for those of us who are involved in serious training? You could be training for a marathon, triathlon, MMA tryout, summer, whatever… The bottom line is that serious training requires a person’s full attention. So here are some tips for staying on track during serious training.

Identify Your ‘Hot Zone’

What’s a ‘Hot Zone’? That’s my name for specific places that I am most likely to cheat on my healthy eating habits. For example, priority one hot zone for me is late night pizza or Mexican food restaurants located near the area of town where bars and clubs are located. And the time is just as important as the location. In this case, between 2:00 and 3:30 am.
The key in identifying your hot zone is to take an inventory of the places, times, specific restaurants that give you the most trouble and then simply avoid them. It sounds simple, but most people don’t pay enough importance to eliminate temptations when they’re training. By having a list, you will know that hot zones are now no-fly zones for you while you are training.

Do Not Deviate From Your Grocery List

Even if you know every single food you will be buying at the grocery store, you should always make a list and check it off as you pick up the individual items. This way you won’t be tempted into throwing a little bag of cookies in the cart on the way to the checkout. And if those sugary processed snacks are not in the house, you can’t eat them!

Make A Commitment, Designate A Priority

I could go into a million different recommendations when it comes to working out but the truth is that it all depends on what you’re training for and a specific workout plan may not help you accomplish your goal. What I can tell you is that if you are training for a serious event or a specific goal that is hard to attain, you must make exercise a priority. And in order to do that, you have to commit.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to making a commitment. Some believe that it is better to make a commitment to someone close to you while others believe that internal commitments provide the most drive. It comes down to what works best for you. You’re the one who needs to honor that commitment, so figure out which way will best help you.
As I mentioned in the bottom section of Staying On Track When You Lose Motivation, I prefer the internal commitment because you are the only one who will be shouldering the burden of the training, therefore I feel that the same should be true for the commitment.



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