Article: PURSUE HEALTHY: 6 Ways to kick off New Years Resolutions
New year, new challenges. Bringing in the new year can be a time where old habits (die hard?) are replaced with goals, aspirations and new ideals. The new year can also be a time to reflect on your goals from the previous year. What went wrong? What went right? Did you meet your goal? Why not? Here are a 6 ways to ensure your resolution sticks.
Announce your resolution to the world. Use your social media channels to tell everyone you know (and don’t know) about your goal. The power of a support channels is often overlooked and underrated and there are entire communities devoted to fitness goals and helping others succeed. Garnishing a team of like-minded individuals and supporters can aid in pushing you (or dragging) you through the tough times because believe me, at some point, everyone wants to quit. What you do during that time is critical.
Instagram and Facebook are perfect places to put up pictures, videos and logs of your journey, but there is something to be gained from an old fashioned journal. Take a few minutes to prepare yourself mentally for the day’s challenges by writing in your food log, exercise log, sleep tracker etc. Not only does this keep you accountable, but the journal is a record of your efforts.
Set Achievable Milestones
While your focus may be the end product six months down the road, by having smaller milestones you have the ability to reap the fruits of your labor sooner. I suggest everyone look into revamping their program every 4-6 weeks. By shaking things up you can prevent boredom, fatigue, injury and benefit from a 4 week completion milestone.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fall
This isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it. The difficulty of the journey lies in handling setbacks and pitfalls. It becomes easy to throw in the towel because for most of us, reverting to our old ways is too easy. Approaching a pitfall as a milestone gives you another opportunity to succeed and beef yourself up. If you can push through the hardest of times, the remainder should be easy right?
Have a Plan
Approaching your fitness goals is daunting. It’s a challenge. All challenges need an accurate roadmap otherwise, yeah, I can get to Florida from here, but I’d rather it take three days instead of three years. The same concept applies for fitness goals. Approaching it blindly could yield some results; the decision to follow a plan is the difference between a three month goal and a three year goal.
Getting informed is along the same lines as having a plan, but more important. Misinformed is worse than uninformed. There is a wealth of information available on the internet, some of it good, some of it completely wrong and even dangerous. Expensive surgeries, cutting out entire food groups, magic diet pills or overrated supplement companies are not the answer; lifestyle choices are. Before you buy into a weight loss trial pack, belly wrap, shake weight, or spend hours trying to reduce belly fat in your midsection through sit-ups, seek free resources out there that aim to impact lifestyle choices. My podcast and articles are devoted to helping clients live their fitness goals by implementing lifestyle changes for maximum result. Seek out free information, do your due diligence and vet the information you’ve found, and introduce the information in small amounts to judge the results. Or just hire me and I’ll do it all for you. Whatever.