New Year, New You! Sticking to Your Fitness Goals

Be Realistic and Specific:

Research has shown that set goals which are quite vague and open to interpretation such as “get fit” or “work out more” tend to be far less achievable as they are far harder to measure. Knowing this, it is important that you are as specific and realistic as possible when setting fitness goals this coming year. For Example, you want to become a stronger runner? Set yourself the goal of running 5km per week whilst recording each time.

Make your goals realistic for your lifestyle and specific to what you want to achieve, and you’ll find them much easier to stick to.

Start Small and Build Up

To avoid any disheartening or a decrease in motivation levels it is essential not to take on too much initially. Where walking around the block may not seem like a tremendous achievement it is critical to build upon your progression toward your ultimate goal and the best way to do this is by ticking off smaller goals.

Enlist the Help of Others

Being held accountable to your goals is a fantastic way of keeping yourself motivated. If you’re not one for team sports twice a week you can still make a pact with a friend to work out together, even if your schedules only line up on weekends.

Social media can be another great way to hold yourself accountable as seeing your friends moving is sure to motivate you to follow suit.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself!

As we are all aware of, the New Year is great time to reflect, reset and make changes in your lifestyle but it is equally important to recognise that you have decided to make this chance for YOU and not for the sense of obligation to follow suite and make a New Year’s resolution. Whilst training toward your fitness goals it is inevitable you will face some sort of setback, whether it be an injury, personal issues or work requirements, it is important to understand the progress you have made and that you are ahead of where you were yesterday.

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