Achieve Fitness Goals
All Year Long
Make bite-size goals
The New Year is a great time to turn over a new leaf, but it’s also easy to fall off the bandwagon if you don’t see immediate results. Instead of focusing on long-term goals like losing 25 pounds or dropping 4 dress sizes, cut your goals into achievable, bite-size chunks. Celebrate each mini-goal and you’ll be on your way to achieving sustainable, long-range success in no time.
Make fitness fun
Staying motivated isn’t easy when you’ve been doing the same stale workout video for the past 5 years. Don’t treat your fitness like a chore – instead make it your new best friend. Have you been eyeing that new gym that offers hot yoga and free massages? Stop fantasizing and give it a whirl. Don’t really like the gym at all? Move your fitness outside! Try joining a sports team, go hiking or do Pilates in your backyard. Do whatever it takes to add some sizzle back into your step and some fun into your daily workout routine.
Get an accountability partner
Do the excuses “It’s too cold,” “I’m too tired,” “I’m already late for work” or “My favorite yoga pants are dirty” sound familiar? Unfortunately, we are often our own worst enemy when it comes to fitness goals. It’s way too easy to convince yourself to snuggle back under the covers and push your workout off until tomorrow when you don’t have anyone to be accountable to. Ditch the excuses and hire a personal trainer or find a friend who shares your fitness goals. You’ll be much more likely to show up each morning (even with dirty yoga pants!) if you know a friend is waiting on you.
Be kind to yourself
Staying active is hard work and sometimes you’re going to get derailed. All it takes is a long vacation, a bout with the flu or a hard week at work and you’re out of the routine and feeling more excited about hitting up the Cheesecake Factory than the gym. One of the biggest reasons that people give up on their fitness goals is the feeling that they aren’t living up to their own standards. But this is real life and pitfalls are natural. Instead of getting discouraged, be kind to yourself and resume your routine. Before your know it, you’ll be back in the swing of things and meeting your goals one day at a time.