Fitness, nutrition, and weight loss goals are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions. January is the busiest season for gym memberships–a phenomenon most certainly related to these New Year’s resolutions, as well as to the excesses of the holidays. Unfortunately, gym attendance tapers back off in mid-February, and the majority of Americans report never achieving their New Year’s goals. Find out where many go wrong, and how you can stay on track this year with your goals.
Make a Plan
New Year’s resolutions are much less likely to fail if you have a clear outline of how to reach your goals. To make a plan, be realistic, and allow for a few unexpected glitches to come up–life happens! Setting sky-high goals is a recipe for becoming demoralized when nearly-impossible standards aren’t met. Setting achievable goals that you can measure daily or weekly gives you the ability to succeed and set new goals further down the line.
Measure Progress and Be Accountable
Write down concrete steps and actions you will take to achieve your goals. Check in daily, weekly, or monthly with your progress. Keeping track of progress allows you not only to measure how far you have to go before you reach your goal, but also how far you’ve come! Have an attitude that you’ll work hard and be able to look back at the end of the year and be amazed at your progress. For some, having an accountability coach or check-in buddy goes a long way to feeling accountable.
Keep the Perspective
If you find you’ve fallen behind in your goals, it doesn’t mean you should give up! It is ok to reassess, reevaluate, and try again. Remind yourself why you made your goals in the first place, and envision yourself reaching them. The most important thing is to keep moving forward.
Don’t let all that hard work you’re doing go to waste! If you need a personal trainer to get you started and help keep you accountable, Kat Ciresi at Twisted Iron Fitness can help. Kat Ciresi, of Winter Springs, Florida, is a certified sports medicine personal trainer who offers one-on-one personal training and nutritional counseling. Kat also teaches group personal training sessions if you want to work on your fitness goals with friends or others who can help you feel more accountable.
Twisted Iron Fitness is here to help you succeed! Visit our website for more information, or contact Kat for a one-on-one consultation and assessment at (407) 848-7736.