We all say this every New Year’s eve. ‘I will get fit and I will lose weight,’ but has it worked yet? Mel Mitchell advises how to plan a routine that ensures you achieve a better body.
With a new year upon us, now is the time that many of us think about the new year fitness resolutions, whether it is to live a more active lifestyle or to train for that all important event you’ve booked into.
Everyone will have different goals depending on what you want to achieve and where you are on their fitness journey.
Whatever your goal is, the following are ways to help:
Make yourself a success!
- Set yourself a long-term goal (or even two) whether it is to loose weight or to run your first marathon. It is important that you set your goals within an achievable time frame such as six to 12 months. Set an unachievable timeframe and you’ll become deflated that you haven’t hit your target. Be real!
- Break your long-term goals down into medium and short term such as one to three months.
- This will help the long-term goal seem less daunting and more achievable. Consider the short-term goals as building blocks to reach your ultimate target.
- Your medium- and short-term – goals can be further broken down into weekly and daily targets. This will help you keep focused and motivated to keep you on track.
- Remember to reward yourself! The journey to your long-term goal shouldn’t be a chore. Rewards can be used as incentives. Give yourself something to work towards. If food is your motivator, then why not treat yourself to your favourite pudding or snack when you hit your weekly target.
- Don’t lose sight of your ‘why’. It is important to always remember why you set your goal in the first place. This will help you stay on track and keep focused on the end goal.
My advice is not to put too much pressure on yourself – reaching your goals shouldn’t be a stressful process.
Have a friend that wants to reach the same goal? Great! The more the merrier! Having a support system makes the journey to your goal more pleasurable and you have the added bonus of accountability.
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by Mel Mitchell