It’s a new year and along with it comes a feeling for many of us of wanting a ‘fresh start’. We want to be the best versions of ourselves in the new year and that, of course, starts with setting goals.
If you’re starting this year off by setting some positive goals, we commend you! Putting your resolutions down on paper and committing to them is a huge step towards success. Unfortunately, we continue to see these wonderful goals fall by the wayside as the year progresses. Many times the goals we set are simply too difficult to obtain, we’ve decided to help you set goals that you can crush in 2019.
Use these tips to make it just a bit easier to hit your fitness goals this year.
Before creating your fitness goals, go over things like your schedule, your current health level, and anything else that will help you make a realistic, achievable goal. This could include fitness tests, food allergy tests, or even just seeing your general physician in order to gauge what you can realistically accomplish in 12 months.
Many times when a fitness goal is left unachieved, it’s because it was just plain out of reach. Consider how much time it will take you to realize your goal and give yourself a little wiggle room. Join challenges and include friends in your progress as a way to get an outsiders perspective on your journey. Write out your goals with deadlines and specific measurables to keep you accountable.
Acknowledge Your Excuses
What was the last excuse you made for not making it to the gym? The excuse before that? Don’t get us wrong, we understand that some things simply cannot be avoided. This life is a busy one and things come up.
What we want you to take away here is that some excuses are legitimate, but many are not. Take stock of your common excuses and ask yourself if those things are more important than the goals you’ve set for yourself. If they are, change your goals. If they aren’t, shake off the excuses and get back to the task at hand.
Don’t Compare Progress
Notice that earlier when we mentioned including friends we didn’t say to compare with them? That’s because comparing your own progress to another can be extremely discouraging to one or even both parties. Everyone has a different starting point and a different body. Both will factor into achieving goals. We definitely condone working out and eating healthy with friends and family, it makes for great motivation and can double as social time. Where it can get tricky is when you start comparing numbers on a scale or pounds lost.
If you know that you’ll get discouraged if you see someone else surpassing your weight loss goals, don’t put yourself in that position. There’s no harm in keeping your progress to yourself. Trust your instincts, and be realistic at every turn when working towards your goals.
Set Short-Term Goals Within Your Long-Term Goals
A common reason that new years resolutions often go unresolved is that they have such a long timeline. It’s difficult to stick to such a hefty goal. Thinking about goals on a smaller scale minimizes their intensity and takes the intimidation away.
If your goal is to be at a specific weight at this time next year, think about what that means for the next 6-months, the next 3-months, the next month, and the next week. If it helps, only think about today. What are you going to do today to be there in 12 months? After a while, those habits you’ve established to meet that big goal will become second nature and you’ll stop thinking about that big scary goal, and start to enjoy the journey.
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