With the new year comes resolutions, and if you’re like most people you’re resolutions involve fitness in some way, shape or form. Resolving to start an exercise program is an excellent decision and those who are motivated enough to actually do it and stick to it are among the minority. So where do you start? The answer is simple, you start now buy purchasing a planner. By purchasing a planner you will be able to see your plans and start to hold yourself accountable. Both long and short-term goals can be viewed as frequently as necessary to keep you on the right path. I use this method myself; I leave notes on a daily basis, comment on any lift or workout and keep track of any questions or brainstorming thoughts that pop into my head. The goal is to get organized and manage your life. Writing down the days and times you will be exercising allows you to hold yourself accountable and plan out what type of workout or exercises you will be doing. Whatever you are trying to accomplish, the answer to success is to plan, plan, plan. Mentally prepare yourself to train around the obstacles that might arise such as: “I don’t have time”, “I’m really busy”, or “I’m too tired”. The consistency of your efforts will directly affect the results you attain. Hiring a personal trainer can help anyone’s exercise program immensely but only if you are willing to put in the time. The consistency of your workout regiment is what drives success; the details of your workouts only fix acute variables that need to be addressed for greater results. So, write your goals in your planner, set up your workouts so that they are broken up with appropriate recovery time intervals and work both for the short and long term. Keep in mind that the bigger your goal the longer it will take; results are not instantaneous, you have to plan, eat properly, work hard, recover and then plan to do it all over again. This fitness thing is bigger than the short term goals we have, but not if we don’t plan.