Happy New Year!
Here at Adfitness this is our seventh New Year and my 10th working in fitness!
The start of the year is always a great time for setting targets and creating some New Years Resolutions. These might be really specific or more general.
You might want to be more active, get yourself to the gym, eat a bit healthier or start running.
Or you might have a more specific target like a running pb, a weight you want to get down to; or you might want to look a certain way for holiday.
But in my experience over the last 10 years I find that the people who successfully go on to achieve their goals, do 4 specific things.
1. They have a clear perspective of what they want with a big juicy reward at the end of it. This might be a look, a waist size, a holiday, an event they are training for, a pb or a weight.
2. They build adherence by making this goal a part of their routine. This might be a class, going to the gym, getting out running or walking. Take the thing you enjoy and make it part of your routine in a way that you are going to enjoy. If you only have 30 minutes, think about you can optimise that time. But make a commitment to try and make something stick.
This doesn't mean you have to be committed to the "thing", you might try a class and hate it, you might go running and hate it. Never be afraid to change your activity, but make a commitment to be consistently more active.
3. Build accountability. If you are aiming for a look or a weight goal, take pictures and measurements today. Know your jeans size or shirt size. Get a clear perspective of where you are and agree to check again in a months time. If you are aiming for a performance goal such as a running or lifting pb then check where you are now, use a suitable form of test and then agree to review it in a months time.
4. Identify your barriers. Right here & right now - identify and acknowledge the biggest barrier or roadblock that could stop you achieving your goal. Chances are you set similar goals last year but fell away. What stopped you hitting your goals? Was it a lack of time, did you feel knackered by March, did you get bored, did you just drift off target? Own it, acknowledge and understand it. Never be afraid to review and tweak. I do this with my clients all the time. Perhaps it wasn't that you got lazy, maybe the type of training you were doing was too much for your lifestyle. Think why it happened, acknowledge it, make the changes, make it happen.
Happy New Year everyone and thank you for supporting Adfitness.
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