With your New Year’s resolutions, that is. Here are some more ideas the Victor crew found from MensHealth.com for trying to keep your resolutions for this year.
Schedule a competition. Wow – if you plan on a 5K run, you’ll have to train for it. Talk about motivation!
Take selfies. They suggest to do this instead of looking at the scale. Share your progress through pictures.
Set mini-goals monthly. Set up short-term marks to reach throughout the year. It helps to take change in smaller chunks.
Find a partner. It helps to be accountable to someone. Maybe it’s someone to workout with or someone to just offer support and report progress to.
Do an extreme workout. Sometime down the road after you have gotten comfortable with your routine, change it up with one extreme workout a month to make it more interesting – go rock climbing, hike up a mountain, go to a training facility that will help you mix it up.
So it’s that time again when people are making new resolutions for the coming year. Maybe it’s to join a gym or be more active or eat healthier. Whatever your goals may be, make them realistic. Don’t expect to be fit/more buff/weigh less all at once. It takes time to reach the goals.
Break down your goals into more manageable parts. Instead of saying you need to lose 20-30-40 pounds this year, make it 2-3-4 pounds a month. Or even 1/2 or 1 pound a week.
Eating healthier can be daunting. Start with small steps. Add more vegetables or fruit. Eat healthier snacks – instead of grabbing for chips, get some carrots or celery sticks or low fat yogurt. Spend a little time on the weekends getting your snacks ready for the week so you can just grab and go. Start drinking more water. Try drinking a full glass of water before meals to help curb your appetite. Eat out less often.
Don’t join an expensive gym unless you plan to schedule it in your calendar and go. More people join a gym on the first of the year only to be gone by mid-February. Gyms are happy but your purse isn’t. And some gyms make it rather difficult to get a refund. There is one gym that only lets you cancel your three year contract if you move more than 25 miles away, die, or are permanently physically disabled. Period. So be aware of what you are signing. On the other hand, maybe you need the payment of a gym membership to motivate you to keep going.
Get some new workout gear. Make yourself look better while trying to get healthier. Forgive yourself if you have a setback. Think outside the box. Maybe you don’t want to work out first thing in the morning but can hop on your treadmill after dinner. Instead of sitting and watching TV, walk and watch TV.
Whatever your goals are, start planning some strategies to attain them now.
Have a healthy and prosperous New Year and New You!
You know, Jody, January seems to be the month most people try to get a new start and intend to get fit. They start well but within about 2 weeks, they seem to falter. So what happened to the motivation? It takes about three weeks to make something a habit. Maybe you are lacking incentive? What are the reasons for wanting to get fit? Do you have specific goals in mind or just the general “get fit” attitude.
Maybe the best way is to set a specific goal with a reward attached to it. We know of one employer that has you pay for a full gym membership up front for a year and then pays back in increments for each month the employee has worked out 8 times. Maybe you don’t have that opportunity but can set specific goals for reaching your goals. A new pair of shoes, a new suit, or new dress, for example for losing 5 lbs or working out 3 times a week for a month. It’s up to you to provide your incentives.
~ Steve Victor