As you probably know, two of the most popular new year’s resolutions are to eat healthier and get in shape. You may have set these resolutions for yourself this year and anyone going to the gym or driving by it can see by the parking lot of circling cars that many, many other people have as well.
January and February are typically the busiest months of the year for gyms and fitness professionals but inevitably the number of people exercising decreases as people get frustrated with lack of results, or the high motivation they had at the beginning of the year starts to fade away.
We are now at the beginning of March and it’s time for a resolution checkup! Are you on track with the goals you set at the beginning of the year or have you lost your motivation? Are you starting to skip workouts or maybe you’ve given up completely? Whatever is going on, it’s time to reassess your goals and I will show you some ways to stay on track so you can achieve results and obtain the health and fitness you deserve.
The first step is to come up with a big goal then break it down in to some smaller short term realistic goals that you believe you can achieve in a realistic time frame. Making resolutions in January saying you want to lose weight, eat healthy, and workout more are too broad of goals. Of course that is what you want to achieve but how much weight do you want to lose and by when? What junk foods are you going to limit as you go about your day? How often and on what days and times are you going to work out? These are some questions you will need to ask yourself to develop a clear picture in your mind of where you want to be fitness and health wise in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and beyond.
The next step once you have thought of a big long term goal then broken it down in to smaller short term goals, is to write them down and put them in a place where you will see them often daily. Having a constant reminder of your goals will keep them fresh in your mind. Your mind is a very powerful tool and what you focus on you get so focusing positively on your goals will keep you inspired and motivated.
Breaking your big goal down to monthly targets will really help you stay focused and motivated on what you need to do and will also help alleviate overwhelming feelings. Always remember that small steps forward on your fitness journey will inevitably bring you to your destination.
Set a Resolution at the Beginning of Each Month
The average person who sets a resolution in January is very motivated in the beginning then life happens and those resolutions get left behind until the following year. Then the same resolution is made and left behind and so on and so on.
I believe you will have a much better chance of success if you set a small resolution at the beginning of each month. This relates to breaking your big goal down in to smaller goals. Figure out what you can do this month that will help you toward your goals, write it down, and resolve to do it. The sense of accomplishment from achieving a goal you have set for yourself is so huge and satisfying that it will drive you further and further to new heights of fulfillment and joy. I believe all of us are happiest when we are making progress. Life doesn’t stand still. It is constantly changing and when we change and grow with it we can be swept away to our highest potential. Resolve to be the best you can be and you can do this by setting monthly resolutions and doing your best to achieve them.
Vision and Mindset
When you are making these goals and resolutions you must be able to envision what it will feel like when you’ve achieved them. You must be able to envision them so clearly that you feel as if you’ve already succeeded. Like I said before, the mind is very powerful and if you can create the picture in your mind with feeling and your senses, that vision will drive you and inspire you to make it a reality. You will attract the right people to help you get to where you want to go, you will attract helpful and beneficial knowledge from various sources, and you will attract opportunities to help this vision become a reality.
A mental exercise I like to do almost daily is to sit down and visualize how I want my day to go and how I want my life to be. I picture it in my mind complete with feeling and senses. For example, as a personal trainer, I envision myself helping people get in shape, eating better, and being the best they can be. I imagine what that would feel like. I see them happy which in turn brings me joy and I imagine what that feels like. I also do this with my own health and fitness, finances, business, and relationships. I imagine how I want each part to be as clearly as I can and try to feel what that will be like. As with all things, this can change and grow as time goes on.
Immerse Yourself in Fitness and Learn, Learn, Learn
Another great way to stay motivated and on track with your goals is to learn as much as you can about fitness and nutrition. Reading books, blogs and magazines and watching videos will keep fitness on your mind and you are far more likely to exercise and eat better if you are constantly thinking about it.
I remember when I started to work out I would read Muscle and Fitness or Muscle Media magazine. I would watch Pumping Iron with Arnold Schwarzenegger or read his Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. Even though they are more geared towards bodybuilding, they would keep me very motivated to do my workouts. The same can be said for any book, blog, or magazine. You will move towards what you are focused upon.
The more you know about a subject the better. Learning new things strengthens the mind and gives you the best possible chance of succeeding in not only your health and fitness but with any subject of your life that you would like to improve. Knowledge is power and strength and this can help you overcome fears in your life if you apply that knowledge and try new things.
If you’re having trouble staying motivated or focused then seek help. A personal trainer can help you set realistic goals, show you proper exercise routines to achieve those goals, and ensure that exercises are done properly so you don’t injure yourself. An injury can set you back days, weeks, or months and this is very discouraging and can be the deciding factor for many people to give up. Personal trainers can also keep you accountable and help you stay focused and motivated.
If a personal trainer isn’t an option for you then find a workout partner who has similar goals as yourself. A workout partner can hold you accountable as well because you know he or she will be waiting for you at the gym for your scheduled workout.
You will need to stay focused and on track with your resolutions so it’s a good idea to have a great support system. Friends and family who support you on your fitness journey will improve your chance of success dramatically. On the other hand, if you are trying to eat healthy and you are surrounded by people who are eating junk all the time, this can really hold you back. Try to avoid temptation as much as possible in the beginning until you have good control over your eating habits and if your family at home is eating unhealthy then do your best to encourage them to support you by joining in on healthy food choices.
Finally, I want to remind you that nobody is perfect and there could be slip-ups or setbacks on your fitness journey. It is crucial that you do your best to stay positively focused on the end results. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach a set goal. As long as you are working towards it you will get there. Becoming negative and saying things like “I’ll never reach my goal”, “It’s too hard”, “I’m not good enough”, will sap all the motivation out of you and quite possibly stop you altogether from doing what needs to be done to succeed. Negative talk and complaining externally and internally needs to be eliminated as much as possible. Actually, limiting negative talk and complaining can be a good first resolution on your road to success!
So it’s now March and spring is on the way. I hope you are on track with your goals and if not then I hope this resolution checkup can help you get back on the road to a happy, healthy, fit, and successful you! Be the best you can be and never settle for less!