Making progress is pretty simple...do better than last week.
There is a common misconception that the only way to ensure progress is to lift more weight each week, but that could not be less true! There are so many ways to make sure you are doing better each week. The term that you hear the most is “progressive overload”, so what does that really mean?
Progressive overload is the idea of doing more or doing better than you were before. That is it! This can look like:
Doing more reps
Having better form
Exercising for longer periods of time
Resting for shorter periods of time
Doing more sets
Lifting more weight
Doing harder variations of an exercise
If you are incorporating any of these methods into your training each week, you will make progress. As long as you are consistent and incorporate some form of progressive overload, the only other thing you need to do is give it time.
I believe that this ideology can be applied to any goal you have in life. If you have goals, think of ways you can do more each week to ensure progress. If you want to start eating better, start adding one serving of fruit to your food intake each day. Next week, add an additional serving of fruit...and keep going. Progress is not linear, but you can take small steps each week to keep yourself on track both physically and mentally.
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