Every year on New Year’s, many people make a resolution, and most revolve around fitness. However, many don’t make it to February. So how do you make a fitness resolution you can stick to? Follow these simple guidelines.
Start with Your Overall Goal
Make sure you know where you want to reach by the end of the year. State your resolution and write it down.
Start Small with Weekly Goals
With your goal in mind, break it down into smaller attainable goals. How much weight do you need to lose? Break it down by week. Work toward weekly goals until you’re confident in your ability to stick to them. Start with slow, easy goals to begin with, and work on them bit by bit and make sure you don’t push yourself.
Watch for burn out. Once you reach your short term goals, you’ll be tempted to push your body. Don’t push yourself too much. You’ll injure yourself, or worse yet, feel like you can’t complete your goals and quit.
Move on to Monthly Goals
Once you’re satisfied with your weekly goals, start to get a little more ambitious. Set monthly goals to help you reach your overall goal. When you start meeting these goals, you’ll soon find yourself at your original goal for the year.
Now that you’ve gotten your first year completed, you’ll be ready to set goals for each further year.
Tips to Make Your Goals Work
- Be specific. Instead of a resolution to lose more weight, write down exactly how much weight you want to lose, in how much time.
- Tell yourself why your goal is important. Knowing why you want to fulfill your resolution will give you motivation when things get difficult. Write it down and put it where you can see it every day.
- Research. Search for information related to your fitness goals or speak to a fitness professional or physician. Find out everything you need to know to help you reach your fitness resolution.
- Start as soon as possible. Don’t wait until “tomorrow” to start your fitness goals. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reach your resolution. Put it off, and you’ll realize that it’s December again already.
- Be prepared for setbacks. No one’s perfect, and you’ll have days when you don’t feel like working out, or you feel like chocolate or a pizza. Don’t worry about it. You’re human, and you’ll make mistakes. Just don’t beat yourself up about it, and get back to work.
- Use some variety. It’s easy to get bored while doing the same thing over and over. Don’t get stuck doing the same exercise all the time. Not only will you get bored and want to quit, your body gets used to it and it’ll take more work to continue to reach your goals. This can cause frustration.
- Get support of friends and family. Having people in your life who support your goals will help you achieve them. Not only can they offer encouragement in the face of adversity, but they’re also less likely to encourage behavior to make you “fall off the wagon.”
- Reward yourself. When you reach your goals (even short term ones) give yourself a reward. Nothing motivates us to do better like a reward.
It doesn’t have to be hard to reach your fitness resolution. Take it slow and focus on the smaller picture first, and it won’t be as intimidating.