Yet another New Year's resolution for fitness, right?
by Gary Lee - 01/01/13
Losing weight and getting fit is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, they also are the ones most quickly dropped. According to a recent survey, nearly two thirds of adults set fitness goals as part of their New Year's resolutions. However, 73 per cent drop those goals with no success, often within six weeks or less.
Follow these steps to make your New Year’s goals achievable!
Be Realistic. The best way to fall short of your goal is to make it unreachable. For example, never eating your favourite food again is setting yourself up for failure. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable such as eating something you enjoy after a week’s work of consistent exercise and diet.
Have A Plan. Decide how you will deal with the urge to skip a workout or have that can of pop. Have a plan on what your workouts will be like and what foods you will be eating for the week. This could include calling a physically active friend for help. Remind yourself on how each bad move will affect you from reaching your ultimate goal.
Reward Yourself. This does not mean that consuming an entire bag of chips is acceptable if your resolution is to eat a better diet. For those of you with appointments booked throughout the day, clear your schedule for the week if necessary to find time for exercise. Treat yourself every once in a while to the foods that you crave.
Track Progress. Keep a note on each accomplishment. Short-term goals are relatively easy to keep and every small achievement will assist you with your motivation. If your long-term goal is to lose 40 pounds, aim to lose 4-6 pounds in the first month as 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy way to lose weight. I get all my clients to track what they eat on a regular basis so it helps them stay on track.
Stick To It, Go Get It. It is not easy to make a new activity become a habit but once it is it will be a part of your personality. Habits don’t happen within a day so persistence is the key!
In summary, don't try to stack too much on your plate (double entendre). Take one day at a time and don’t get frustrated, it’s acceptable to let one slide every now and then. Good luck with your New Year resolutions!