Many New Year’s resolutions involve the desire to “get fit” or “lose weight.” However, a few weeks into the New Year, most of these resolutions have fallen by the wayside. If you want to keep your motivation high so that you finally reach your fitness goals, then make sure that you avoid these New Year’s resolution mistakes.
1. Not Setting Measurable Goals
Too many people start out the year with vague ideas about building strength, losing fat or exercising more. The problem with all of these goals is that they aren’t specific enough. Better examples of goals include being able to bench press 300 pounds, losing five pounds or training to run a mile.
Each one of these goals is measurable. You can tell if you’re able to bench press 300 pounds by the number and weight of the plates you put on the bar. Losing five pounds can be measured on the scale, and running five miles can be measured by a treadmill, pedometer or activity tracker. Whatever your goal may be, make certain that it is measurable.
2. Not Focusing on One Goal
It’s understandable that you have a lot of things that you want to achieve. You want to eat a nutritious diet, add a few pounds of muscle and drop some excess fat. However, it’s advisable to choose just one of these goals to focus on in the beginning.
For instance, if you focus on eating a great diet of fresh fruits and vegetables with lean proteins, you’ll have fewer lifestyle alterations to make. You can emphasize meal planning and healthy snacks while you also get moving at the gym. As a bonus, you’ll probably notice that as your eating habits improve, you start to lose weight as well. Once your nutritious routine is in hand, you can focus more on the exercise that will help you shed even more weight.
3. No Accountability
When only you are aware of your goal, then there is no outside accountability. Consider sharing your goal with one or two close friends who will ask you about your progress and what you’re doing to meet your goal. Alternatively, use social media to broadcast your intentions to the world so that even more people can nudge you toward your goal. It also may be a great idea to join or class at the gym or get a workout buddy who will encourage you along the way.
4. Not Developing a Plan
The more specific your goal, the better your chances are of achieving it. Name a start date, an end date and milestones that you want to meet along the way. How many days a week will you work toward your goal? How will you track your progress? Come up with all sorts of details for your plan, and don’t be afraid to rearrange things along the way.
5. Not Celebrating Successes
Each time you achieve a milestone, make the effort to celebrate in a healthy way. Have a massage, take a bath, spend some extra time reading a book or just spend a moment acknowledging the progress you’ve made. This practice motivates you to keep moving forward.
My House Fitness Oviedo is designed to help you meet all of your goals for health in the New Year. With nutrition plans, group classes and one-on-one training sessions, you’ll be closer to achieving your goals than ever before. If you need help choosing a goal for you, then ask a trainer in Oviedo. They can help you decide where your primary focus should be as you begin your journey toward better health.