Yes, it’s that time of the year where you try to come up with the ultimate goal that will further your fitness and whip you to be in better shape. Only, how often do these foolproof health schemes we plan out for ourselves actually pan out? For your next New Year’s resolutions, don’t make the same mistakes you make every year and make sure you have the necessary knowledge and skills to actually get the results you set out for yourself. Here are a few quintessential tips every health guru should adhere to for sticking to their New Year’s fitness resolutions:
Strive for something realistic
One of the easiest mistakes to make when it comes to failing to achieve your New Year’s resolutions is picking a goal that’s completely impractical. Only you know your work ethic and potential, but if your idea of a sufficient resolution is to lose 30 pounds in a month, you’re only putting more pressure on yourself. If you’re trying to lose weight, start off by not even having a specific number in mind. Just make it your resolution that you plan on losing a little bit of weight every week. If you’re trying to lower your mile time for running, pick a number that you’re only five to 10 seconds away from. Baby steps are the foundation for not only achieving your New Year’s resolution, but even going further with it.
Limit your resolutions
For those who truly believe in the plural value of “resolutions,” having so many goals to accomplish may be what’s holding you back from achieving them. Instead of having multiple fitness objectives, choose the one you think is most important, and go out of your way to stick to that individual task.
Avoid goals that were previously unsuccessful
If every year you tell yourself you’re going to lose weight, only to find yourself having the same number on the scale, it’s probably time to move on. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to pick a different health area completely, but instead try to find different means to accomplishing that goal. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 15 pounds,” try making a diet commitment that says you’ll cut down on high calorie foods or boost your fruit and vegetable consumption. Or say you’ll hit the gym at least every other day. Both of these are fitness-orientated goals that could also result in your original objective of losing weight.
Remind yourself… All the time
Simple psychology can allude to the fact that the more you’re reminded of something, the more likely you’ll remember it. This especially relates to accomplishing New Year’s resolutions. If you’re serious about getting in better shape, your dedication will partly rely on constant reassurance. Put a marker board, schedule or calendar with your proposed workout plan on your bedroom door, so every time you wake up you’ll have to walk right past your resolution strategy. Set constant reminders in your phone ahead of time, and even consider having a friend give you weekly calls to check up on how your resolution is coming.
Break down your resolutions
If you’re really serious about tackling your New Year’s resolution, don’t just concentrate on one big goal. Break it down into several smaller steps that will work toward something larger. This especially applies when it comes to losing weight. Reward yourself whenever you accomplish a milestone in your resolution as well. If you step on the scale after an intense workout to see you’ve met your monthly goal, treat yourself to a soothing massage or buy yourself those shoes you’ve been keeping your eye on.
Make it public
One of the overlooked dynamics to failing a New Year’s resolution is because you only have yourself accountable for your progress. Let’s say your goal is to run a marathon by the end of a year. Write a Facebook post announcing your decision, or tell all your friends during a get-together. Now that everyone’s assuming you’re going to complete your challenge, the pressure is on, so you’ll be not only letting yourself down if you decide to give up on your resolution.
Hire an expert
For anyone’s who is sick and tired of failing to meet their own fitness expectations, maybe it’s time to finally seek some professional help. An efficient New Year’s resolution could be to hire a personal trainer. All it takes to accomplish your goal is to follow through with enlisting their help, and once you have, you’ll essentially be guaranteed to see your fitness results increase while your body will feel better than ever before.
Grab a friend
Who says New Year’s resolutions have to solely pertain to you? Talk to your friends or family members to see if anyone else is interested in getting healthier for the new year. Chances are you’ll find someone who’s willing to hit the gym three times a week with you, and you’ll have someone by your side to boost your motivation in conquering your goals.