We are talking about all things fitness for the month of December and today it is time to talk about why setting achievable fitness goals now for your best year in 2021.
It is our intention this month to help you create a good habit and the daily practice of fitness in your day for your best life. So, think about it this way, as a rule, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously prone to failure. We all know that right?
Every year, so many of us set goals for ourselves with great intention, only to find them unfulfilled when the end of December rolls around. For whatever reason, the fiery motivation and inspiration felt in January begins to wane and we fall off the wagon.
Many resolutions have something to do with fitness, health and physical improvement in general. This is abundantly evident by the wave of new people flooding the gym each January and the endless television commercials pushing the latest piece of fitness equipment promising that with their product, your body transformation will be a piece of cake (no pun intended).
The problem with many New Year’s resolutions, especially pertaining to fitness, is that people set goals that are either not specific enough, not sustainable or based on unrealistic expectations.
Today, we are going to breakdown some of the more common mistakes regarding fitness goals that will hopefully set you on the right path to sticking to your fitness resolution this year!
Baby Steps Are Okay
So, you are all geared up to charge headfirst into a year full of quality workouts, clean eating and endless workout selfies on social media. You have purchased a shiny new pair of sneakers, armed yourself with new gym outfits and maybe even acquired some sleek new headphones.
There is nothing wrong with any of these things but let’s hit pause for a second and talk about your plan for structuring your new workout and real organic food eating practice. Often times, the enormous amount of motivation felt when starting a fitness routine leads to attempting drastic changes to an individual’s lifestyle.
People try things like being determined to go to the gym seven days per week or immediately cut out every bite of junk food from their diet. The problem with this mentality is that it is not sustainable.
Any kind of change is hard; therefore, it is important that you ease into the process. Start small with your plan and go from there. For instance, make it a point to workout 2-3 times per week, and as you are in the process don’t change a thing in your eating practice right now.
Fitness Requires Playing The Long Game
The media makes it seem like physical transformations should be immediate and that noticeable results can be an overnight process. This notion is far from the truth. Buying into these ideas will only leave you discouraged and burnt out in a short amount of time. It is crucial that you understand that transforming your body can certainly be an enjoyable, fulfilling process, but it takes time and effort!
The people that you see on magazine covers and infomercials didn’t get their physique by knocking out a few sets on whatever product they are pushing “15 minutes per day, twice a week.”
Having a sound understanding of the investment required to achieve your fitness goals is a must if you plan on sticking with your resolution and avoiding the disappointment of not seeing the results you are looking for overnight. Think of fitness as a lifestyle rather than something you will do for a season.
Enjoyment Promotes Consistency
The biggest determining factor of your success in any goal you set for yourself, especially regarding fitness, is consistency. Without it, the workout you choose, and the eating strategy you follow don’t mean a thing.
That being said, your fitness journey needs to be one that you enjoy. Human nature is inherently prone to avoiding unpleasant experiences and seeking enjoyment whenever possible. Have fun.
Going to the gym and eating healthy can’t be a miserable endeavour, or you will not be consistent. Having fun while being disciplined and working hard can undoubtedly happen simultaneously!
What Is Your WHY
Begin with your WHY! What is your WHY to go to the gym 3-5 days a week? Why do you want to develop the habit of exercise? We wrote about finding your WHY in this blog post – http://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/what-motivates-motivates
My WHY was I wanted to reduce my weight, have more energy, feel better and get in the best shape of my life. I have heard it said knowing your WHY is 95% of the way to success. The how following your WHY will be where you accomplish your goal and that is simply the last 5%.
Will you be someone who starts moving toward your goal and is open to handling everything in the GAP between you starting and realizing your goal. The GAP will be all the challenges, issues and feelings that will come up to put you off your path if you allow them to. If you make your WHY clear enough, big enough and handle everything in the GAP you will become unstoppable.
It would be great to hear from you.
How are you Setting Achievable Fitness Goals In 2021?
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