It can sound cliched to start a fitness plan in the new year as part of a resolution, but that doesn’t matter. Starting is what is important. You’ve made the decision to take control of your wellness. Good job! Maybe you’re already in shape and have some very specific goals such as toning, conditioning or training for a specific event. In any situation, setting yourself a goal to become a stronger, healthier person is a benefit to you!
It can be all too easy to slip into excuses that make you feel better in the short-term for letting those goals slide. “I’m too tired, I’m too busy, I’ll start on Monday, I do enough running around already”. Almost everyone has used one of these excuses at one point or another, so you’re certainly not alone. So the question is; how do you stick to those resolutions? How do you keep coming in past January? How do you stay motivated?
Create an attainable goal for yourself. Sure, we all think muscle-ups look cool, but if you’re just starting out, then chances are, muscle-ups are not going to be something you can reach by February. Want to lose weight? Great! We can help and support you with that, but make it realistic and attainable. Healthy weight loss comes more slowly than a quick, fad diet, but with it comes real results, consistency, and good habits that stick with you. Write a list of your goals and be specific with it. It’s easy to write “get fit and lose weight”, but when March hits and you don’t feel like you’re close to it; it can be defeating. Talk to us, we can help you write those goals down. We can help you with specifics. We can also help you measure those goals and help you stay on track.
Set yourself both short-term and long-term goals. 5lbs in a month? Great! Those muscle-ups? That’s not going to happen for a while if you’re just starting out. This is where those long-term goals come in. Committing to long-term goals creates sustainability, and we can check back in with you regularly and keep you on track. That is one of the best parts of our job, seeing you finally achieve something you’ve been working hard for. Keep your eyes on the prize. If you’ve been sedentary for a long time, then don’t feel disheartened when change doesn’t come overnight. Commit yourself to a realistic time-frame with your goals. There hasn’t been a pro athlete yet that became great in a month. Make a mental commitment to yourself. There is a reason you decided to do this – to feel better and be stronger and healthier. Finally, make time in your schedule to work out. We all get busy, we all have things to do, but this is for you. We spend so much time taking care of everything else, and a lot less time on our own self-care.
So, new year, new you. Cliched? Absolutely. Any less true? Absolutely not! It doesn’t matter if you started this on January 1st or not. Point is, you can do this, and we are here to help and support you every step of the way!