Dive into a new fitness routine with New Year’s vigor, only to give up before the winter’s even over...sound familiar? Year-after-year, people make and then break their “New Year, New Me” promises. But what if you don’t want to become another New Year’s resolution trope in 2020? Break the cycle and get some clarity on your fitness goals once and for all to ensure they continue on to become good lifelong habits.
Get real with yourself
The reason so many people say they want to get fit and eat healthier only to give up later is because they’re not being honest with themselves. Their objectives might not be something they truly want or they might not want to put in the work for it, resulting in excuses and procrastination that lead to abandoned goals.
If you are serious about achieving fitness goals, then you need to first do some self-reflection and understand what it is you actually want. What do you want to achieve and why? Are you ready to take responsibility and put in the hard work for positive change or are you content to accept things how they are?
Taking responsibility for your own actions (and therefore, results) is an important step in successful goal setting.
Set specific and realistic goals
Once you figure out what you truly want to achieve and how realistic you are about achieving it, make specific, measurable, and attainable goals that are tailored to your circumstances.
“Go for a run every week” is vague. “Go for a 6 mile run every other morning before work and aim to complete it in under 40 minutes by the end of March” is specific, measurable, and attainable with consistent training.
Not sure what is attainable and measurable for your specific goals? Do your own research - read blogs and ask for fitness tips from others around you. But also don’t be afraid to get advice from professionals, like our experienced personal trainers, who will be able to tell you the best exercises for your needs and how to do them correctly to get the best results.
Ideally, these goals should help you develop a good foundation of habits that you can incorporate into your life on a regular basis.
Find what motivates you the most
We all have moments where we lose motivation, where dragging yourself to the gym is the last thing you want to do after a long day at work, where you feel like you have plateaued.
Finding what motivates you the most will help you refocus on your goals in moments where you might slip-up or want to quit. Do you need a role model? Follow your favorite fitness stars on social media or other online platforms. Do you thrive off of competition? Work out with a friend and set a fitness challenge. Or if you don’t have a workout partner, learn to compete against yourself and try to better your own results each time.
Importantly, whatever your motivation is, it should go deeper than just what you look like on the outside. While vanity might help with initial results and motivation, focusing only on how you look is not going to provide the maximum benefits for your health, or create those life-long healthy habits.
Give yourself a break when you need it
To maintain clarity about your goals you also need to step back from time to time. It’s taxing to remain motivated and focused all the time and your body also needs opportunities to rest. This is important to avoid injuries as well as prevent being physically and mentally exhausted.
Similarly, taking the time to recognize your progress can also help you maintain focus on your goals. With each improvement you are getting closer and closer to what you want to achieve, which can be great motivation. Celebrate your body and everything it enables you to do!
Looking for more advice on your 2020 fitness goals? Don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to one of our friendly professionals.