Are you sick of making New Year Resolutions and not keeping them? Making the lifestyle changes necessary to improve fitness and lose weight can be very challenging. In fact, statistics show that 92% of people lose track of their goals by the time they reach February! With this in mind, we have created a list of 6 strategies for you to implement to make sure you kick some butt this New Year.
1. Pinpoint your ultimate goal.
This is the big one. What does achieving your goal look like? How will you feel? How will it change your life? Does it mean that you can run around after the kids/ grandkids? Does your health improve so much that your doctor takes you off blood pressure medication? Describe your ultimate goal in graphic detail and read it once every morning when you wake up.
2. Break down your ultimate goal into smaller, more specific and achievable mini-goals.
These mini goals need to be achievable. If you do not currently exercise, then starting to exercising 7 days a week is not going to be a long-term achievable goal. Start small and plan around your current lifestyle. Look at your current day to day activities and where you can modify them.
3. Find the best way to achieve your goal.
If you tried your own formula last year and it didn’t work, throw that plan in the bin and start again. Take a course, read a book or make an appointment with a professional so you don’t make the same mistakes twice. We recommend you find a local health and fitness professional with a dozen testimonies from individuals they have helped succeed in the past. We help you with this at Peak 24!
4. Reward yourself along the way.
What will you reward yourself with when you achieve your 1st mini goal, that will not impact on your ultimate goal. If weight loss is your goal, don’t reward yourself with a dinner out and eat as much as you have just lost! Instead you could get a massage, go to the movies, buy some new music or take a YOU-day without the kids or distractions.
5. Don’t berate yourself or give up if you fall short.
Every worthwhile achievement will have setbacks and days that make you question if you have blown it or if you are good enough. Start to visualize the future and prepare yourself as to how you will react when you do slip-up. See yourself flicking that switch in your head, refocus and go again.
6. Tell someone about your goals.
Having someone to support you and share in your struggles and successes, makes the journey much easier. Put your no.1 goal on the fridge, post it to Facebook, tell your partner/ work mates/ family, join a gym, join a group class or book in with a personal trainer! Surround yourself with people who care!
Let 2017 be the year that you take charge and find some real success and happiness. You deserve it!
If you need help setting your goals, talk to a PT or staff today.