2016 is 2 days away and that means a whole bunch of new people getting into fitness - which is amazing! New Years Resolutions tend to have some kind of "get fit" "start working out" "be healthier" in them and that's why we see so many wanting to get on this fitness train.
And for those of us who already have a seat on this ride, we tend to make new goals, we want to improve ourselves and keep going further.
I personally am not a fan of setting new years resolutions, not because I think they don't work or because it's pressure put on myself to reach these goals, but just because if I wanted to start something new, or stop something old, I just start now (or tomorrow) rather than waiting for a new year to come around.
I used to want to stop biting my nails every year and it never worked, until i got braces In March the year i turned 15 and I never bit my nails again because my dentist told me I couldn't if I wanted nice teeth. If you want to start/stop something, you can do it, you just need the right goals, the right mindset and the right reason.
So I'm sharing my little tips for setting the right fitness resolutions and hopefully getting you to stick to it!
1. Be Realistic - and plan short term
Decide what you really want, and make some short term goals. Rather than wanting to be able to run a 5Km or completely give up sugar, decide what a realistic goal is for the coming 2-4 weeks. Planning "Run a total of 10 Km in the first 2 weeks of January" is a lot more achievable than just planning "Run 5Km" It's basically going 2Km every second day. And saying "Have no more than 4 cokes this week" is easier than "Give up all soft drinks". At the end of those weeks, you'll feel better at completing one or two goals in the short term than you would have if you think it's February and you're not where you wanna be. Overtime, make new goals and keep going from there!
2. If You Don't Know What To Do, Get A Plan
There are so many workout and food plans available - some for free, some paid for - to help you get into a proper routine to change your lifestyle. Remember this is not temporary and if you need help, that's okay!
There are couch to 5Km plans, yoga e-books, workout plans, countless videos, books and apps for recipes and meal planning so there's really something for everyone!
When you have a daily plan ready for you it's less stress on what you need to do. And it makes it easier for you to keep going.
3. Get Motivated
You should be your own motivation - but I definitely understand how hard this can be at the start of a new journey. So until you start seeing and feeling those happy changes that WILL motivate you to keep going, find some people on social media that project a happy, healthy and inviting attitude to what your goal is.
If you want to be a runner, find runners you like who blog or post about running, if you like yoga, follow some yogis you love, if you want to cook and eat healthy, find people who share their meals!
4. Prep Yourself
Get your workout/gym gear all ready the night before and prep your meals in advance. I would make excuses all the time when I had to start a workout and eventually swapped to wearing my workout clothes from the time I woke up so that when the time came to do a workout, I just had to do it And when you prep your meals in advanced, you don't have to worry about what you want to eat or what's available. You decided on healthy meals and they are all ready for you, just warm them up and eat!
It might not seem like much but it's the little things that help keep you going!
5. Make Friends Who Share Your Goals
Everything is easier with friends. If you don't know anyone who has the same goals or ideas as you do, find some new ones. I'm not saying give up your current friends, just make new ones as well! It can be scary but the easiest place to start really is social media. Nothing beats being able to go to the gym or for a run with someone else but if you can't, it's just as awesome to be able to send a message to someone who shares the same goals you have. You'll motivate each other and you'll be less likely to want to quit.
You never know where it can take you as well - thanks to Instagram I got to go to Royale Retreat and meet some amazing ladies!
6. Reward Yourself
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
I don't care what a treat is to you, but every now and then, you get one. If you love chocolate but your goal was to completely give up sugar, find some sugar free (dark?) chocolate and treat yourself when you reach one of your short term goals. Buy some new activewear, go on a trip, have dinner somewhere you like. Do things that make you feel happy because you deserve a reward for hitting your little milestones on this journey!
7. If You Fail - that's okay!
It happens to all of us. When you have a plan or a goal in mind and you fall off the track, it's easy to want to give up. Sometimes it seems like that's the logical thing to do since you didn't get what you wanted. But failing this once is not the end, you took a few steps back, but you can keep moving forward.
Whether you fall sick, skipped a few workouts, had "unhealthy food", it's going to happen, if it didn't happen now, it would have later on. You just have to realise that it's okay for these things to happen. We just keep going!
Whatever your goals are for 2016, I hope you stick to them and find that they're a lot more achievable than you might have thought they once were (working out used to be so scary to me!)
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