Stay on track in the New Year
As the new year approaches so do the inevitable fitness goals we set as our new year’s resolutions! If you’re someone that falls short of achieving these targets each year then this article could be for you!
- Setting specific goals – Sometimes people set very vague goals when it comes to their health. You need to set specific goals such as “I am going to aim to only have one takeaway food per week and eat bad things in moderation” By writing this out on a whiteboard its specific and the individual can see their goal visually
- Make a plan to strive towards your goal – Break down your goals into steps that you can achieve. For example, if your goal is to exercise more often than plan specific days and times for you to carry out your activity. This way you can also plan your other priorities around it.
- Prioritise self-care – when trying to achieve a goal you have set yourself be sure to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, try to manage the stressors in life and engage in activities that are fun and bring you joy and energy to place back into your overall goal.
- Be realistic – Make sure when you set your goals, they are challenging but can realistically be achieved. People will sometimes set unrealistic goals they are never going to achieve, and they always fall at the first hurdle. When I consult with a client, and they come up with a huge goal I try to ground them and ask them if they can really achieve this especially with how busy most people are nowadays. By doing this you can achieve what you set out to do.
- Track progress – keep a record of your efforts and achievements. This can be in the form of a diary or journal, or even an app that provides this. By doing this you can monitor your progress and reassess if you need to
- Embrace failure and learn – When you have a goal in mind do not be discouraged by setbacks. Setbacks give you the opportunity to learn and adjust if you need to and find out what works and what doesn’t when it concerns your goals. Setbacks are part of the journey towards your goals so embrace them.
- Stay accountable – Be sure when you’re on this journey towards your goal that you share them with a friend or a family member, this will help you remain accountable. When there is a friend or family member or even your own personal trainer it really does help with support and encouragement when someone else can see your own progress.
Lastly new year’s fitness resolutions are all about self-improvement and your own growth. Celebrate the wins you have on the way and most importantly have fun; you have got this!