It’s the New Year resolution season again when each of us takes stock of our lives and set new bigger ambitions for the coming year. It’s common to hear people say “I want to lose 20 pounds within the next three months” or a relative might tell you, they’ve resolved to quit smoking in the New Year and get onboard a health program. Maybe you’ve even set one health goal for yourself. However, the chances are that by the middle of the New Year, all this enthusiasm and passion will have fizzled out, forgotten and pushed to the side.
I’ve been there, done that, and this year I have figured a way to stick with my yearly exercising goals. In this article, I’m going to be sharing with you what worked for me, and made me achieve my health goals for the year. You can use this strategy to help achieve your 2018 New Year's Resolution.
I purposely put this at the top spot – the truth is it was mind shifting for me realizing that I can achieve my fitness goals by visualizing how I want my body to turn out even before I set out to sign up with any workout program. This will look different for everyone but it's important to do.
I envisioned how toned I want my arms and legs to be; I felt the emotions coursing through my system when I’ve achieved my goals; I visualized how fit I’d be, the things I’d be able to do and how confident this is going to make me feel. I can’t explain it, but doing this conditioned my mind to go after it; even when I don’t feel like going out, somehow I just did.
So, to be successful with your New Year fitness goals visualize what result you’d get if you consistently show up.
Develop a plan
It’s not enough to just visualize and dream it. You must figure out a way to move from where you’re now to where you want to be. While making this plan, consider the days that would be most convenient for you – remember you’re trying to eliminate as many roadblocks as you can.
Here’s why you need a plan, it provides you with the tactical, actionable processes you need. You’d know that you have to wake up, and be in the gym at 5.00 AM on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday every week, so you’re not just winging it but deliberate, intentional and strategic.
If you are not a morning person, get your routine set up for the evening. Work out a schedule that is possible and something that fits your lifestyle. Some of us have kids to get ready for school and can't commit to the mornings while others are early risers already. Make a plan that you know you can keep.
Create a Social circle around your workout regime
Getting support is one of my favorite approaches, because I know my friend is counting on me to show up and this means I have extra motivation to jump out of bed and do what needs to be done. I deliberately signed up in a group of four members and a trainer – this means I’m accountable to myself, to other members of the group and to our trainer. I just couldn’t give up on them. People just naturally do better in a team setting.
So, you’ve got to do the same, seek out individuals on the same journey as you, and get them to agree to look out for each other. And while at it - have fun.
Show up even when you don’t feel like it
Days will come when you will feel like not doing anything – in those moments just show up. Remember you have a lot of people rooting for you, so don’t disappoint them. Don’t be the one that didn’t show up and let others down.
Honestly, it’s not going to be easy but get up, and show up.
Commit to eating healthy
Here’s where some many of us make mistakes, by neglecting to nourish the body with the vital nutrients it needs to heal and repair itself. If you are taking in more calories than you are burning up you can still gain weight even though you are exercising.
During workouts, there are micro tears, wounds, and strain on the body, the food you eat provides the body with those vital nutrients it needs to repair the torn tissues. Also, remember to have sufficient rest, you’d feel rejuvenated and ready to go again.
So there you have it, do you desire to make your New Year fitness goals a reality? Then follow the points listed here. Happy New Year and we wish you a happy and healthy 2018.