Do you remember your resolution from last year? Do you remember how gung-ho and motivated you were? As a personal trainer I see it every year. There is a huge influx of people in the new year, then by February many have fallen off.
I know its cliche to make resolutions, but did you know according to a University of Scranton Department of Psychology study, people who took the trouble to make resolutions were 10 times more likely to change their lives for the better after six months than people who aspired to do better but didn't make a formal New Year's resolution?
What’s the difference between the ones that follow through and the ones that don’t? Planning.
While jumping head first in to an extreme 90 day regimen the first of the year may be the trend. Try something more practical that you are actually going to follow through on. Go for a 30 min walk after dinner with your spouse, plan to meet a friend weekly for a new workout class, or increase the length of your current workout by 15 min. A resolution will be more successful if it can be easily worked in to your current schedule.
In order to avoid the resolution rebound, create a game plan to achieve your goals.
KNOW YOUR WHY
No, I don’t mean to “lose 20lbs for Spring Break”. Dig deep. What is the real reason you want to get healthy? I “why” is being a Mom. I grew up with a Mother who was severely overweight. This led her to have extreme health issues. I decided when I became a Mom I wanted to be the healthiest I could for my son. This reason keeps me going even on the days I don’t want to. Knowing your “why” is a crucial first step. On the days you don’t feel like it, having a solid “why” will carry you through.
2. CREATE ACTIONABLE GOALS
Instead of creating goals like “lose 20lbs for Spring Break”, make actionable goals. A goal like “3-5 workouts each week until May” will get you much farther than a goal that focuses on your weight. A goal without a plan is just a wish. If you want to be successful create a plan. Even a simple outline works. Get a journal and dedicate it to said goal. Use it to write monthly goals, jot down references and keep track of progress.
3. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS.
Whatever your goal may be track your progress along the way. Ever hear the saying "Once you see results it becomes an addiction? ". Write down your progress so you can see the changes happening. Progress pictures are a wonderful way to track fitness progress. It can be so motivating seeing the changes start to happen.
4. get accountability
The thing I find most people are missing in their fitness regimen is accountability. Without someone to check in with, it can be easy to get off track. Tell people about your goals. The more the better. This will help you create a community to support you in your goals. Accountability is the key to success. Tell everyone about your plan and how you plan to achieve your goal. Once you talk the talk you are more likely to feel the need to walk the walk.
5. Give yourself grace
Making a major life change happens gradually. Allow yourself to be a beginner in whatever goal you take on. Slow progress, is progress. Has beating yourself, tearing yourself down or dwelling on the past ever got you to your goal? Take it day by day! It’s not about being perfect every day, but showing up daily.
Wishing you the happiest, and healthiest year yet! Sending you love and good vibes for 2019!