Why you should start your New Year's resolutions today!
By Ann Burns, SFG I, TRX I & II, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Does eating healthier or losing weight usually make the top of your New Year’s resolution list? Do you fall off the wagon by February only to make a mad dash in April or May because it’s almost that dreaded bathing suit season?
Don’t wait until January 1 to start working towards what you want to accomplish. The procrastinator’s mantra is: Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? That’s essentially what we are doing when we wait until the New Year to tackle these resolutions … we are procrastinating! Go ahead and get started today.
Taking several small steps towards an attainable goal can help you stay motivated. When you reach a goal you’ve set along the way, you can build on that success and reach towards the next, all working towards what you ultimately want to accomplish. This cycle will keep you inspired. Set goals that achievable, but not too easy. Make sure your goal or resolution is something you can realistically work towards and accomplish.
Here are a few more things to consider when making your fitness resolutions:
Why not resolve today to make a permanent change? Instead of making quick fix, do-or-die resolutions that don’t have lasting results, consider making your goal one of a lifestyle or attitude change. This way, if you do slip up (we all slip up every now and then), it’s not the end of the world. There’s room for living life and having an invigorating healthy lifestyle! When you come to the realization that it’s your journey—and it is a journey because change doesn’t happen overnight—it will be easier to become present in your journey.
Be purposeful with your resolutions, not random, haphazard or unrealistic. Define specific steps that support your goal, whether it is to learn a new exercise, join a small group training class, or make particular changes to your diet. This will help motivate you because you will know exactly what it is you are trying to achieve and how you will do it. Enlist the help you need from a personal trainer or nutritionist to accomplish your goal. Our team members can help you identify and clarify the necessary steps to achieve success.
Make your resolutions achievable. Set yourself up to succeed. We sometimes underestimate the power of accomplishing a goal. It’s very motivating and builds nicely towards your next goal. If you look at the end goal it can be so overwhelming that it keeps you from even starting. Know that small steps make for great gains. Keep moving forward toward your goals in life and in fitness!
Make it a routine.
Make your new fitness goals a habit. Develop a regular routine so that this new lifestyle becomes just that—a lifestyle. If you write your gym workouts or personal training sessions into your calendar early, you will be more likely to stick to them. Try to make some type of activity part of your day every day so that eventually it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth or eating a healthy breakfast.
Make it fun.
Just because exercise is part of your daily routine doesn’t mean it has to be boring. It is important to find workouts that you enjoy! Experiment with new activities and break out of the rut you’ve been in. Changing just one thing can transform your perspective.
Be specific, be realistic, make a routine and make it fun, but most importantly start today.
Acknowledge that this is a lifestyle change, and your goals will become reality. The change doesn’t end May 1 when those jean shorts finally zip up or after you cross the finish line of your first 5K. Fitness is a journey, and I encourage you to engage in and enjoy the process. Your chances for success are better if you have a plan, but plans never have to be written in stone. That is true for your business, personal or fitness life!
Personal training is a great first step on the path to a healthier you. Learn more about personal training or small group training classes at an acac club near you.