The last time I saw the stats on New Years Resolutions it was something like 30% of Resolutions don’t survive the first 2 weeks of the year and nearly 40% won’t last a month.
So how are you doing with yours? Hopefully you’re on the winning end of these grim stats but if you’ve already fallen off the fitness wagon for 2016, know that all is not lost!
Here’s 3 things you can now to help you right the ship and get back on track to meeting your 2016 fitness goals:
- Tie each goal/resolution back to the “why.” Let’s face it, when organizing and triaging the priorities of your daily life, it’s easy to let your personal fitness goals fall through the cracks. The kids’ homework, the massive work presentation, and the needs of others seem more important than getting a workout in most days…and that’s where I believe we’re thinking about this all wrong. It’s not about the work out, is it? It’s not even always about fitting into a smaller size, right? Sometimes it’s about lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of diabetes, building healthy self-esteem, and saving our own lives; this is what you need to remember when sifting through all the conflicting priorities on the fly each day. For each goal you have, be sure to always remember the “why,” the reason why this goal is so important to you. When you think about your goals as a means to health and happiness instead of just another workout or a means to get into smaller jeans, you’re more likely to make your goals a priority.
- Pinpoint your pitfalls. If you’re finding it impossible to be consistent with your goals, take a few minutes to sit down and be honest with yourself about what’s been standing in your way. For example, if you can’t drag yourself outta bed for an early morning workout most days because you’re exhausted, perhaps you try going to bed a little earlier or working out in the afternoon or evening and letting yourself have some much-needed sleep. Who knows, maybe if you give your body what it’s crying out for (in this case, sleep), it’ll cooperate with you to reach your goals. By identifying what specifically has been getting in your way, you may be able to devise a successful alternative strategy that works better for your life.
- Break them into smaller goals. Often, we make the mistake of giving ourselves an entire year to complete the goals we’ve set with no obvious checkpoints along the way. Then, before you know it, the year is over and you’re scratching your head wondering where it went and what the heck you did all year. If, however, you were to take your yearlong goal and break it into bite-sized pieces with monthly or bi-monthly checkpoints, you’re less likely to take a, “I’ll get started at some point,” approach.
The bottom-line is that your goals for 2016 don’t have to be scraped until you say so. It’s not too late to make a few adjustments and be smart about where you go from here. You can still make this year your best year ever!
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