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Congratulations! You’ve made it to Week 7 of the Tanita 12 Week Challenge, which means you’re now at the halfway point.
This is the perfect time to pause and take stock of how you’ve gone so far. How do you feel? Have you been progressing towards your goals? Have you stayed hydrated, motivated and prepared? Asking yourself these questions - and answering honestly - allows you to really figure out your progress, and more importantly what changes you might need to make between now and Week 12.
Staying active during our busy lives is a challenge in itself, so don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t quite made the progress you were expecting to.
If you’ve not been able to stick to your routine or you’ve been losing motivation, assess what barriers are in your way. Do you need to try harder to make time for yourself each week? Have you been forgetting to pack your bags and prepare your meals ahead of time?
Once you know what’s standing in your way, you can look at taking action to remove those barriers.
Maybe you’re in a different situation altogether - you have been sticking closely to your routine for the past 6 weeks, but for some reason you’re still not seeing the progress you want.
Unfortunately this is a frustrating scenario, but don’t lose heart - it’s also a common one for almost everyone. Our bodies are different so what works for one person won’t have the same results for another - a little trial and error is to be expected, which is why we’re highlighting it in this article.
OK, so you’ve identified that you need to make some changes to your routine - great. But what changes?
Just as there’s no one-size-fits-all routine or diet, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Annoying right? However we do have some advice on how you can start to answer this yourself.
Here’s a list of areas that you can assess and address based on how you’re progressing:
If you’re answering the above questions honestly, you’ll know which area/s you need to tweak to best fit your goals.
Making changes to your routine and behaviour can be daunting (especially if you’re second guessing your results so far) but having the right tools at your disposal can help you out heaps.
Tanita’s Body Composition Monitors are designed to give you all the data you need to track your progress accurately and make changes based on your fitness goals - some of which connect with the Tanita App, meaning your results are in your pocket whenever you need them.
Week 7 is also the perfect time to review the goals you set for yourself at the start of the challenge.
As we all know, it’s easy to get excited and overzealous when starting a new fitness routine, which often leads to setting some pretty high (and often unrealistic) goals for ourselves. It’s great to reach for the stars, but if you set the bar too high too soon it’s a recipe for disappointment and demotivation.
Maybe dropping down from exercising 5 days a week to 3 is much more realistic for your lifestyle - the more achievable, the better you’ll feel each time you achieve it, and the more motivation you’ll have to keep going.
On the flip side, maybe the goals you’ve set for yourself are a little too easy, and now’s the perfect time to crank it up! This is especially relevant if you’ve seen your results plateau over the past couple of weeks - increasing the intensity or frequency of your activity might be exactly what you need.
Need a recap? Check out the articles we’ve released so far that will help you get back on track with your fitness.
Everything you need to know about setting your health and fitness goals.
How much water you should be drinking each day, and why it’s important.
Tips and tricks for getting in the zone - and staying there.
The best - and most accurate - way to track your progress.
Advice on how to prepare everything you need, ahead of time.
Ideas for mixing up your workouts to prevent boredom or injury.
The halfway point is not about being disappointed with results so far, it’s about being excited about the changes yet to come! Use the advice to make changes to your routine and workouts to maximise your results and reset your focus.
There’s only 6 more weeks to go in the Tanita 12 Week Challenge - keep staying active and get ready for the last 6 weeks!
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