Achieving Your New Years Fitness Resolutions
The New Year is a time for us to reflect on the year that has passed, and determine what changes we need to make in order to make our lives better for the upcoming one. Most people come up with a list of things they would like to accomplish, or change as it relates to their health and fitness, but often fall short. Here are some reasons why and ways to set yourself up for success:
1. Set attainable goals. Being in the fitness industry, I hear many goals centered around getting fit and losing weight. Most people don’t define what this truly means to them, though, and they set very lofty goals without having a plan. If you haven’t worked out in 10 years, then losing 100lbs, quitting smoking and running a marathon in 6 months may be a bit unrealistic. Start with something like, “I will lose 15 pounds the first month by walking four times a week for one hour at a time, and tracking my calories.” Chances are, once you start seeing results, you’ll want to continue and your journey and advance your workouts and quit smoking naturally. It’s a process. Too much too soon will set you up for failure.
2. Be prepared for setbacks. Anything worth doing or having takes effort. If it were easy, you would have done it already. Perhaps you’ll regain a few pounds along the way as you’re losing, or experience an injury while working out. Don’t let this derail you. Learn from it, and perhaps change your course to reach your goal.
3. Seek help from a qualified professional. If you don’t know how to achieve your goals on your own, find someone that can help you. If you needed dental work, you would go to a dentist, right? When setting up an exercise program, why wouldn’t you go to a qualified individual to help you maximize your workouts and time, and help prevent injuries? If cost is a factor, join a local gym or rec center and go to group fitness classes. Most facilities include them with your membership, or operate on a punch card basis.
4. Be true to yourself. Is this resolution something YOU want, or what your spouse or society wants for you? If your heart isn’t in it, you won’t be successful. Honor your own thoughts and desires and determine what would truly make you happier. You only have one go around, so be true to yourself and focus on what will make you a better version of yourself in the upcoming year.
Whether it’s losing weight, completing a race, going back to school, changing careers or learning a new language, change is difficult. Allowing ourselves to be human, experience setbacks and re-evaluate goals along the way is healthy. Too often the “all or nothing” approach leaves us with the “nothing” because we are too rigid and inflexible with our goals. Taking time to breath and journal your thoughts on a daily basis will help you stay focused and determined to handle the journey.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2017! ✌️️🥂