New Year, New You? With the start of the new year, many people are setting goals for the year. For many, these goals are fitness related… everything from starting a regular workout regimen to running a marathon. Maybe this isn’t the first time that you’ve made a similar resolution, but you’re determined that this year will be the year that you stick to it and accomplish your goals. So… how can you make this year different?
First, be specific with your goals. Decide exactly what it is that you want to accomplish and then write it down. I recommend writing it somewhere that you will see it every day to help you maintain your focus and motivation.
Another important thing: make sure that your goals are reasonable. If your goal is to run a full marathon that is 6 weeks away and you are currently only able to run one full mile, that’s probably not a reasonable goal. The goal should be challenging, but not too challenging that you’re setting yourself up to fail.
Next, set smaller goals that help to lead you to the bigger overall goal. For example, your goal is to compete in a fitness competition in 2018. One small goal could be to secure a coach. Another small goal could be to start dieting. After that a goal could be to get x amount of lifts and x amount of cardio sessions in per week. Finally, the overall goal would be to compete at whichever show you choose. Setting these smaller goals will also help to keep you motivated and give you small victories to celebrate along the way.
Finally, something that I have found to be so important, share your goals with people in your life who are going to support you and help keep you accountable. Whether it’s your significant other, friends, coworkers, or your gym family, surround yourself with positive people who want to see you succeed!