Thousands of people set new year’s resolutions every December to start working out, to become more fit, and to improve their overall health, but not many actually achieve what they set out for. Here’s our guide to setting realistic new year’s resolutions and achieving your goals.
Clearly define your goals
Setting out to ‘get fit’ is a vague definition of what you want to achieve. Make your resolutions as clear as possible, so that you have accountability for what you do and how you plan your workouts. Clearly state how many times per week you are realistically going to go to the gym, how much weight you’d like to lose each month, how much muscle you’d like to gain, or how much you’d like to lift in a month’s time. Make it as specific and as defined as you possibly can, because that will clearly identify the intensity and type of training for you to focus on.
Tracking progress is very important for any kind of sport. Get yourself a fitness tracker, you can read our recommendations for 2018’s top small fitness trackers here.
With a fitness tracker on your wrist, you will be able to easily keep track of your activity. Keep a log with your measurements, your current form for all different exercises such as lifting, squatting or running. Take a ‘before’ picture in the mirror from all angles, and do that every month so that you can see the progress when comparing pictures, how your muscles form, and how much you’ve lost or gained. Lastly, if you are fitness newbie or an experienced gym-goer, you can ask at your local gym for a BMI (body mass index) test and, if offered, your body composition measurements which will outline your muscle composition, percentage body fat, and other information that could be used to better inform your workout schedule.
Getting fit requires patience and a lot of dedication to eating right, exercising regularly, and tracking your progress. Results won’t show immediately, so it’s important to not loose track and continue pursuing your dreams.
Make your journey public
Whether you decide to post on your Instagram, write a blog, or make a new private profile on social media that only a limited number of people have access to, it’s your choice. The point in making your journey public is that you will be pushed to continuously show others that you are keeping on top of your plans. You are working for yourself, to make your life better, but everyone secretly wants admiration from others, and to feel satisfied when friends or family comment on how far you’ve come.
Work it into your schedule
We know, sometimes it’s simply impossible to get everything done, but scheduling time for gym and relaxation during your week will take a big load of stress out, and will make your journey smoother. If you know that you will only be able to go to the gym once, make that one workout a super productive one, and plan it ahead so that you don’t waste time thinking about what to do when you get to the gym. Remember that doing something is 100% better than doing nothing at all. On the other hand, if you have a more relaxed week, try out a new class at your gym, or go to a completely new gym that offers different and interesting classes you’d like to try. There are no rules about what you should or shouldn’t do, it’s your journey in the end, and the more you enjoy what you’re doing, the easier it will become to reach your goals.
Hopefully you’ll find these tips useful when you set your goals, and will make 2019 the year you achieve your new year’s resolutions! Good luck on your journey; #BeUNBOWND.