Ahhh the New Years Resolution...
That time of year that holds so much promise. This is it! This is the year! It's not going to be like last year, this one will be different.
Here's the beautiful part...
IT CAN BE!!!
But you have to be smart about it and take certain steps to put yourself in the best position to succeed.
Below you'll find 4 tactics to consider when setting your New Years Resolution.
1) Set Realistic Goals
This is one that goes without saying, but you may find yourself swept up in the motivation and excitement of resetting everything and wanting to completely overhaul your life.
This is good.
It's good to be motivated, but you also want to be strategic and play the long game.
Let's say you decide you are going to finally get down to 150 pounds and fit into that old dress hanging in your closet.
It might be tempting to
-Track your food
-Do cardio in the evening
-Give up on eating out
And you may be able to do all of these things for a certain amount of time. But when that initial excitement wears off, it may leave you feeling defeated if you end up having a hard time sticking to every item on the list.
Instead, try being patient and setting a long term plan.
Start off with one item for January... then add another in February... so on and so forth until everything is a habit!
Doing this will increase your chances of success exponentially.
2) Adopt A Long-Term Mindset
In the same vein as the above suggestion, we have your mindset.
You may go into the New Year wanting to lose 20 pounds in a month... but let me ask you this...
Would you rather lose 20 pounds in a month only to slowly gain it back...
Or would you rather lose 5 pounds a month over 4 months and keep it off?
It's important to remember that in order to truly have the body and energy that you want, you have to make fitness a lifestyle. So the things you do to accomplish your fitness goals, must be things you are willing to do for the rest of your life.
If they are going to be sustainable, they probably aren't going to cause you to lose 20 pounds a month.
So just keep that in mind as the New Year approaches...
It's great to set goals and set certain resolutions, but make sure you keep in mind that the goal is to ultimately do these things for the rest of your life.
3) Find Support
Getting in shape is difficult.
If you've tried countless times in the past and it hasn't panned out... it may be due to the fact that you haven't had the right support structure around you.
Your friends and family love you, but they may not understand exactly what you're going through so it can be hard for them to fully support you.
That's why it's so vital to find a gym with a community that resonates with you.
Gym culture is very important because if you don't feel like you fit in, you aren't likely to stick around.
But if you are able to find a gym near you that you truly connect with...you'll soon find yourself not even worrying about working out because you'll be more excited to spend time with your new fitness friends.
So get out there and try some different gyms.
We have an amazing community here at Progressive Athletics, so if you'd ever like to give us a try we'd be more than happy to have you.
4) Start Now
This one kind of comes out of left field, but I believe it's truly helpful.
If you have a goal that you want to accomplish, then what is the difference between starting now and starting in the New Year?
There are a couple of holidays and you may be busier with family, but life will always be busy.
If this is something important to you than starting now will signal to your brain that there isn't a start date or end date to being healthy.
It doesn't matter who, what, when, or where... you are a healthy person who practices healthy habits.
And ultimately this is the point you will want to get to in order to make fitness a lifestyle.
So go ahead and start working toward your goals now and give yourself that head start!
Hope This Helps,
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Ahhh the New Years Resolution...