The new year is well and truly under way. Back in December, you’ll have made some resolutions to do certain things in 2016. One resolution may well have been to get fit and healthy. After all; many of us eat and drink a lot during the festive period!
In fact, many folks make similar fitness resolutions. The sad truth is that a significant amount of those people don’t follow through on them. If you’re determined to keep your word, it’s likely you’ll need a bit of help and support first.
It’s a good thing that you’ve stopped by this blog post today! That’s because I will help you keep on track with your fitness goals for 2016. So, what are the secrets that you need to know? Keep reading and you will find out!
Write down your goals
If you want to achieve something, you need to know what it is you wish to aim for! There’s no point making a new year’s fitness resolution if you’re unsure of any special goals!
That’s why it makes sense to sit down and make a note of the goals you wish to achieve for 2016. You can do this using pen and paper. Or you could make a digital note. Whatever way you do it is up to you. The point is you’ve got a physical (or virtual) note to refer to when needed.
Make your goals manageable
If your new year’s resolution is to lose 60% of your body weight in 12 months, you will struggle. A more achievable goal might be 20%. Maybe even a bit more. Each individual needs to think about their current weight and an achievable target weight.
By setting an unrealistic goal, you are in danger of giving up on the idea of getting fit completely! That’s why it’s important to set small baby steps for your goals. They will give you the confidence and motivation you need to carry on.
Turn each goal into a set of smaller goals
Let’s say that you have a goal to lose forty pounds by the end of 2016. How can you turn that goal into a set of achievable sub-goals?
One way would be to set yourself a target weight loss of 3 or 4 pounds per month. What’s the difference, I hear you ask? Well, the goal by the end of 2016 is still the same. But you’re making it more appealing by breaking your goal down.
If you stick with the total weight loss goal, you’re more likely to give up or fail. But, if you follow a set of monthly goals instead, they are more achievable. What’s more, you’ll see the fruits of your labor sooner.
Reward yourself for a job well done
Once you hit a particular milestone, you should treat yourself! You need to tell your brain that you’ve done a good job by sticking with the fitness plan. Obviously, you shouldn’t reward yourself by eating lots of junk food. There are plenty of non-food-related rewards you can have.
For example, you could:
- Treat yourself to a set of new Finish Line sneakers.
- Go and watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster at the movies.
- Spend a weekend kayaking or doing something fun and physical with your friends.
- Go on a short vacation or road trip somewhere.
There are millions of ways to reward yourself. Think of things you could do that are fun. One idea is to plan a particular treat or reward each month. That way, you’re not just “working” for a weight loss goal. You’re also doing the work to get your reward bonus!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You might think that losing weight and keeping fit is a solo goal. Did you know that many successful dieters get where they are with help? That is especially true if you are doing a lot of workouts at the gym.
After all; the last thing you want to do is give yourself injuries from doing too much exercise. Or handling gym equipment incorrectly! There are a plethora of people that can help you to achieve your fitness resolutions for 2016.
Friends and family members are a good place to start. The staff at your local gym are another. You may even wish to hire a personal trainer. They can even work with you at home if you’ve got a home gym set up!
Set up a fitness schedule – and make sure you stick to it
One of the downsides to new year’s resolutions is they can often go down the priority list. Avoid that happening with your resolution by setting up a regular fitness schedule.
For example, you could assign each Thursday evening as your gym or training evening. If you have a smartphone, you can use your mobile’s built-in calendar. Most mobile devices have calendars where you can set repeating events. Otherwise, download an app that allows that to happen.
Keep a record of your achievements
When you start losing weight, it’s crucial you make a note of when you lose it and by how much. That way, you can see just how well you’ve done since you kept to your fitness resolution!
Again, you can make notes in a paper or digital format. If you opt for the latter, I recommend using an app such as MyFitnessPal. It allows you to log the dates you’ve lost weight and how much. The app also shows a handy graph so you can visualize your weight loss journey.
Pay in advance for fitness sessions or gym membership
Last, but not least, you should put your money where your mouth is! Hold yourself to account by prepaying for all your fitness-related needs. That way, you’ll have “no choice” but to stick to your resolution!
As odd as it sounds, it’s a psychological trick that works! Let’s face it; no-one likes to lose or waste their hard-earned cash. If you pay for things up front, you’re proving to yourself that you’re determined to be successful.