In a couple weeks, many people will resolve to make changes to improve their overall health. Some decide to start exercising, eating better, quit smoking and/or lose some weight.
Unfortunately, most people don’t achieve their goals and instead set the same resolutions year after year.
Increase your chances for success!
Most important actions people who succeed at fitness take on a repeated basis:
Find an accountability buddy
If your motivation starts to wane, you need someone to help keep you on track. That’s where a workout buddy, a class, a group, or a personal trainer can help immensely. When it’s cold, dark, and you’re tired and just don’t feel like working out, who will make sure you do it anyways. It can be just one person or a group, but who will be there to hold you accountable.
Surround yourself with people who are motivating and/or who have achieved the goals you have set for yourself. That energy, discipline and grit will rub off and help keep you inspired.
Do what you love
If you hate your workouts, you won’t do them long enough to experience results. It’s ok if your workouts are challenging, but ask yourself how you can add some element of fun to each training session whether it’s music, a friend, a fun group, a distraction like TV or beautiful scenery. If you loathe each workout session, you will quickly find reasons to skip them.
Don’t get hurt
If you suffer an injury, it can set you back and sideline any goal that you’ve set for yourself. Make sure that you are warming up and cooling down, practicing good technique, following proper progressions and not being too aggressive in the beginning. Be smart about how you approach your health and fitness goals and if able, hire a trainer to oversee your program to assure you are following safe protocols. If you don’t have the resources to see a trainer weekly, hiring one to design a program that you follow on your own and then check in with them every 1-2 months for program updates, can be incredibly impactful for safety, progression and accountability.
Become a project manager
Treat your health and fitness goals like a project manager would tackle a big project or plan an event. Start with the end goal in mind and then work backwards. Ask yourself what goals, action steps, initiatives, and deadlines need to be established. Create checklists to help you stay on track. Schedule in workouts and healthy habits to assure you prioritize your health and fitness. Work the plan and your goals will become a reality.
Undertaking a major lifestyle change can be overwhelming. Take your ultimate goals and split them into small, easily achievable goals. It’ll help you succeed on a regular basis and that will give you the momentum you need to stick to the plan.
By following the tips above, you will set up a framework for success and will be well on your way to your goals. It’s so much easier to get to your destination if you’ve got a map!
Yours in health & fitness,