So, how are you doing with your new year health and fitness goals this new year? We are two weeks in and hopefully things are going well and you are progressing nicely. However, if you are struggling a little bit or even if you are not, hopefully this post will give you a couple of pointers on how to achieve and maintain your goals this new year.
Rather obviously, before you can hit your goal you have to one in the first place! So your first step should be to identify your health & fitness goal and this is where you really have to think about it.
Is your goal specific to you or have you got it from reading too much on social media about what shape or size you should be?
When choosing your goal I think you should make really sure that it is “your goal” and not somebody else’s that you have read about in a magazine or seen online. Your goal has to really mean something to you or else you simply wont achieve it.
Do you have several goals? Focus on your one, main goal if you want to be succesful.
Don’t set too many goals at once; far better to set one at a time and focus on that and this may well lead to you achieving your next goal along the way. For example, if your goal is to lose 5kg but you find dieting really hard, but you enjoy running then focus on the running bit first and maybe even set a date for a 5k run. As you train for this 5k run then you may well find that the weight loss “just happens” along the way.
Be prepared for occasional set backs. Whilst you are on the journey towards your goal life will get in the way; there will be a celebration, a family event or a spontaneous night out, so decide beforehand, if you are going to indulge or not. If not, great. If yes, also great.
Make your decision, own it, go out, eat, drink and be merry and then move on with the rest of the journey; one night out does not mean you have come off the rails, it just means that you have to work a bit harder that week.
So, in summary:
- Think really hard about what it is that you want to achieve
- Write your goal down and “own it”
- Initally, just aim for the one goal and not several, focus on the main goal and see if the secondary goals happen along the way.
- Set a time period in which to achieve your goal, but build in some wiggle room incase you need to ” come off the straight and narrow” once or twice.