It’s always tough to keep a fitness goal or resolution if we don’t have a proper plan in place. If you’re having a hard time… wait! Don’t throw in the towel! Time may get away from us, our co-workers or friends may tempt us with tasty but low nutrient goodies, we may have to travel for work where healthy options are few and far between, our kids may need extra attention… That’s life. Life happens!
If you’ve decided to make a fitness change for the better… but you’re starting to slip… Don’t waste the effort you’ve made so far! Don’t feel like a failure just because you fell off the wagon. Get up!… Let’s stand up together… dust our shoulders off… Let’s get back on… and try it again. Hit. It. Don’t. Quit. It.
How can we make and keep our fitness goals/resolutions? For the answers… I have interviewed several top instructors from organizations I have found some of my own fitness success. Their advice is awesome. Take a look!
EMILY BREEZE WATSON
“Support and motivation are key with any fitness journey. Arm yourself with a positive mindset, friends to keep you accountable, healthy habits, and small, realistic “stepping stone” goals. Give yourself grace; look at your past as a learning experience you can apply to the future as you take each day one step at a time.”
“I prefer mini ‘resolutions’ all year long – I find it’s easier to stay on track this way, so every Sunday night I sit down and plan out what I want to achieve in the week just in front of me, and how that fits into my broader goals. Week to week just feels easier and more achievable than year to year!”
“I believe the best way to conquer a goal is simply to tell someone — and to hang out with people who inspire you!!!!!! Which is why I hang out at SoulCycle.”
“Make yourself an upbeat playlist or CD. You can dance around as you clean up at home. Or, you can find a hip-hop or African dance class at the gym, learn to belly dance at an adult education class or at the Y, or just plan a girls’ night out dancing. Make active dates to see friends and family and do something that doesn’t involve eating and drinking. Walk through the park, go biking in summer, ice skate or cross country ski in winter, walk the mall, take a yoga or cardio class, or run on a treadmill right next to your friend.”
“Find an accountability partner so that you all can keep each other in check. You will need that someone when you feel like you want to quit or have lost your motivation and it will feel great to serve that same purpose for your partner. Also, don’t forget that change takes time! Enjoy the process and be sure to recognize your small victories while in pursuit of your overall goal.”
“The best way to stick to fitness goals in the new year is to create realistic goals to begin with. I think it’s helpful to have a range, like a “reach” goal which is harder to attain then a lighter goal on the lower end of the spectrum + something in between.”
“Be honest with yourself from the start and commit to achieving something that is truly attainable. This is especially important in setting health and fitness goals because results don’t happen overnight. Know that the process of achieving your fitness goals, not the actual finished product, is where the strength lies and change occurs. Each workout, each training session is a victory.”