I was always into making the list of New Years Resolutions. It would typically consist of:
1. Exercise more. 2. Eat healthy. 3. Read more books. 4. Do something nice for someone else. 5. Donate to charity 6. Get more sleep. 7. Train for a race 8. Stop biting my nails. 9. Be the change you wish to see in the world. 10. Don’t procrastinate (ironic how I put that one last?! hmmmm)
Those are just to name a few! Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about setting goals, no matter what day of the year it is. Some people need the New Year to “reset” their goal, their standards, even their daily living pattern. That’s FINE! I am here to help you keep your goals and to not just have a happy new year, but keep the whole year happy!
1. SET A GOAL: BE SPECIFIC
It is easy to get into the mindset of “I will eat healthier” or “I will exercise more”, but who is really going to hold you accountable for such general resolutions? Let’s be real here. Be specific to hold yourself accountable. So instead of “I will eat healthier” resolute to “ I am going to have an apple instead of chips at lunch” or “I will cut out my morning pastry.” That way you will hold yourself accountable because you made a specific goal that you MUST stick to, than a general goal that you could tip toe around.
Put your new year resolutions or goals somewhere where you will see them every day, whether it is on your mirror, on the back of your door, or even a pop up reminder on your iPhone! Wherever you decide to put them, this will be a daily reminder of your goals and what you are striving to achieve!
When setting these goals, make long term and short term goals. Short term goals help you stay focused day-to-day, while the long term goals allow you to see the big picture. For example:
Long term goal: Run 12 miles by March 1st
Short Term Goals: Run 6 miles by the January 21st
Run 10 miles by February 10th
Run 12 miles by March 1st
Day-to-Day Goals: Run twice a week with cross training to build endurance
Make sure to map out a weekly schedule so your goals are realistic and achievable!
2. GET A WORKOUT BUDDY
This doesn’t mean that you need to hold each other’s hands through your workouts, but find someone to workout with, or share your workouts with. When you have to share your exercise log with someone else, you are less likely to skip out on a workout. In this case, peer pressure is better than applying pressure to you. You can share your goals with one another, and motivate and encourage each other to reach them! When you do reach your goals, you feel like you have helped each other through to achieve them!
3. MAKE TIME, NOT EXCUSES!
You are never going to complete a goal that you don’t work towards. If you are traveling, conquering exams, or stuck in meetings, then pencil it in to your schedule. You are more likely to workout if you make it part of your day, then plan on working out around your day. We are always busy, and there is always something to do; get your workouts in. If we planned around our days, we would never get a workout in.
Still full of excuses? Try me!
Forgot your sports bra: Check out a cardiovascular machine that would fit your needs.
Whether you’re working with tatas or buttons, there are all types of machines that you could use. They may get in the way sometimes, but don’t the let them get in the way of workout. Guys: this one you have no excuse!
Forgot your sneakers: Weight training can still be done without shoes. Kettle bell training can also be done barefoot. You will look like an extreme fitness enthusiasts and people will be turning heads! If you don’t feel comfortable going around the gym without shoes, check if there is a yoga class that you can take!
Forgot your motivation at home: Check out flyers or handouts at the gym with new workout ideas or meet with the personal trainer for a new workout! This way you are stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things!
The hardest thing for people is staying committed throughout the entire year. Your resolutions now may change in three months, that’s okay! The most important thing is to keep reminding yourself of your goals and holding yourself accountable. Share your goals with family, friends, and have them hold you accountable as well.
“ One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” -John Maxwell
NEW YEAR. NEW ATTITUDE. HAPPY RESOLUTING!