Get Started on Your 2018 Fitness Goals Now to Give Yourself the Best Chance Possible
The new year is all about slowly turning yourself into the best version of you that you can possibly be. That’s why so many people focus on their health and fitness goals for their New Year’s Resolutions–your health factors into every other aspect of your well being– physical, mental, and emotional. Being fit and healthy allows you to go on more adventures, seize more opportunities, look and feel your best, and live the best life you can live. The week before New Year’s Eve feels like we’re all poised at the front of the race, waiting for the starting gun–but that’s not the best way to approach your goals. Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you rush to get out the gate all at once without a little prep time, you’re going to be running only on the fumes of enthusiasm and good intentions and you’re going to burn out fast. Here are some tips to help you get in the right head space to turn your fitness goals into a real lifestyle change, not just another busted resolution.
Prep Before the Race: Clear Out Your Schedule
The single best thing you can do for your fitness goals is to establish a fitness routine. If you have to schedule a workout time anew every single week, you aren’t going to keep up with it. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but free time and motivation never tends to just fall into our laps. You’ve got to carve out the time ahead of schedule, and let the routine carry you through when your enthusiasm wanes, as it inevitably will.
Open up your calendar app right now and look for a time that you can devote every single week to workout out. If you choose to go the route of seeking the help of a professional trainer, which we highly recommend, this will be your appointment time every week. It doesn’t need to be at the crack of dawn if you know you’ll be fighting yourself to get out of bed–if you aren’t used to waking up very early, now is not the time to try to convince yourself to start. Your workout time can be after work, or during a lunch break. After work workout times are great, because they ensure a great night’s sleep and extra energy in the morning.Whenever it is, pencil it into your week as a standing appointment. Working out should be as regular and as natural a part of your care routine as brushing your teeth, which means you never have to think about it until its time to do it.
Your Fitness Goals are a Marathon, Not a Sprint–So Bring a Running Buddy
The science shows that working out with an accountability partner has a much, much higher rate of success than trying to go it alone. For many busy people, that’s going to mean working out with a personal trainer. Here’s why that’s a good idea: your enthusiasm and zeal for working out aren’t going to carry you much further than January. You’re going to need a friend in your corner to keep you accountable, and give you a reason to keep showing up and putting in the work, week after week. Even when you don’t feel like it. Trust me, a sense of obligation is as good a motivator as any when it comes to putting your fitness goals first. It’s easy to quit on yourself when you don’t feel in the mood to workout, but it’s harder to call and quit on your trainer when they’re expecting you to come in and give it your best.
Remember, you don’t have to feel bad that you aren’t going to be excited to work out every week, and expecting new-year enthusiasm to carry you through the whole year is setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. Instead, clear some time in your schedule and get a good trainer to get serious about your fitness goals, and turn your good intentions into results.