All of us have – at one time or another – made getting in shape an unshakable goal as the New Year rolls around. Whether you’re looking to shave off a few pounds, get an overall better body, or even gain more muscle mass, having a plan in place to ensure better fitness is the secret to making it happen.
The following tips are to help you smile broadly as we get into the spring and summer months, so that by this time next year, you’ll be amazed at the results and the increase in confidence that your better body brings. Your fitness goals are attainable; you just need to plan for success.
1. Make Sure Your Goals are Actually Attainable
This is the number one mistake that people make when setting goals. You’ve got set the bar high, but not so high you need a jetpack to reach them. If you’ve never swam before, it’s unrealistic to think you can make the Olympic swimming team in a year, right?
Well then, for similar reasons, don’t commit yourself to the gym for 7 days a week, 2 hours per day for a whole year if you’ve never even had a membership before. Set challenging goals that take you out of your comfort zone; once you reach them, then you can set the bar even higher.
2. Tell Family and Friends about Your New Years’ Resolutions
This not only gives your resolution and fitness goals more gravity, it also gives you a chance to get a partner along the way. Perhaps your best friend from work offers to join you in your fitness goals? This kind of support is proven to enhance results. By sharing, you’ve essentially breathed life into your goals, and picked up some mutual motivation.
3. Plan to Overcome Adversity
This won’t come from family and friends – they’ll only encourage you. The adversity will actually come from your own self. As the weeks and months trudge on, you will run smack into a wall; it is inevitable.
The key is erecting measures to climb that wall once it hits. Having a partner will help a great deal with elevating your motivation. The burst of energy you had when the New Year hit will have settled into a routine; so, don’t be afraid to switch up your workouts to keep the ball rolling.
Instead of going to the gym one day, perhaps you might run sand dunes or do some laps around a pool. Keep a calendar and mark down sub-goals on your way to your main goal. Finding ways to stick with it is the key to success.
4. Allow Yourself Cheat Days
These are simple concessions that become a part of your routine. Brown rice, green peas and water every single day aren’t necessary; just make sure you do this on most days.
Perhaps every Friday, you can have more of what you like in addition to what you need. Obviously, avoid things that will set you back a couple of days in your fitness goals – no sense in falling so far off the horse you have to do a week’s work just to get back on. Even when “cheating,” do so to moderation.
5. Rewards for Milestones
Reward yourself every time you reach a milestone in your calendar. These are not “cheat days”; because they should happen far less frequently. A “cheat day” is a once-per-week affair; a reward for a milestone should happen every couple of months at most.
Did you want to lose 10 pounds by June – assuming you started in January? Well then once you do that, celebrate! Buy yourself new fitness attire, or indulge in something that you like, but wouldn’t ordinarily allow yourself to do.
We’ll see you back here in a year – get on to realizing your fitness goals!