One of the most common new year resolutions that we make come January is the one of health and fitness. Pumped up with enthusiasm and resolve, we get our fitness gear ready and fill out membership forms at fitness outlets. But before even a few months are out, most of us throw in the towel. Why is it so hard to follow through? Here are a few tips on what you can do to make resolutions and stick to them too.
Setting goals that are both vague and broad are difficult to see through. Rather than making new year resolutions that say you would love to lose weight, be more specific. Instead decide on how you want to go about it; is it by cutting back on fast food or going to the gym a few times a week? Make a note of it. Write down how you intend to go about it, which gym you will be joining. Target the weight you want to achieve in a specified time limit. At Pursuit Fitness we called this the “By When” date. For example “I am 10 lighter and can fit into my size 8 jeans by April 15, 2016”. This result oriented resolution will see to it that you keep on track.
Keeping to a schedule
To accomplish your goal, you will have to manage your time well. A great way to begin the day is getting up early and working out. You will not only feel fresh through the day, you will be able to accomplish more too. But if getting up early is not your cup of tea, then pick a time that suits you so that you can follow it through. Consistency of your schedule is the key.
Buying some cool gear for your fitness regime is a great motivator. It will not only get you excited enough to start the exercise program immediately; it will boost your confidence too.
Keeping track of your progress
Keep short term goals and add to them as you go along. This will keep you motivated to do more. If your target is to lose twenty pounds, focus of just five instead. When you have tackled the first hurdle, move on to the next. Celebrate each small success. This is exactly how we coach our clients. Each member is assigned a success coach who follows up with them on a monthly basis, helping them set small incremental goals and action steps. It is important to know that if you don’t reach a goal you are not a failure, it just means that you need to re-assess.
Come spring and the enthusiasm starts to vane. You reach a plateau and start finding excuses not to follow your fitness regimen. A day off from the gym will end up in a week off till you start toying with the idea of cancelling your gym membership. It is fine to slip-up. But it’s more important to forgive yourself and get back on track. Don’t give up.
Breaking the routine
Doing the same thing day in and day out can get a bit boring over a period of time. Rather than stop entirely, it is a good idea to switch to other fitness activities such as kickboxing, team sports or swimming. Or find a program that switches the routine for you. We switch our routine every 4 weeks and run contests and challenges throughout the year at PFP so that our clients never get bored. There are many options you can choose from you just have to find what is best for you.
Starting the new year off right with these simple tips will get you off on the right foot to achieve your new year resolutions. Stay tuned for the next blog where we will talk about the many different fitness options to help you find the best fit for you.
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