I don’t really buy into the hype of New Year resolutions, but I seem to always find myself setting health and fitness goals around January 1st or so. It just seems like a good time to restart – a clean slate to write a new success story on.
And this year is no different.
I really think it’s because, in my family, Thanksgiving and Christmas are big eating holidays and the guilt of overeating begins to creep in around December 31st.
So to keep with my tradition, I’m determined to achieve my new health and fitness goals this year. But this year, I have a different approach, one that I’m expecting to produce a lasting change.
While there are numerous goals we can set each year, I find that one of the most important is getting healthier. Why? Without your health, you can’t achieve any other goal.
Your spouse, children, customers, blog readers, and many others rely on you.
Poor health habits can lead to sickness, disease, cancer and even death. If you can’t muster up the determination to get healthier for yourself, then do it for the people who need you (a healthy you!) in their lives.Six steps you can take to ensure you achieve your health and fitness goals this year. Click To Tweet
How to Set Health and Fitness Goals You Can Achieve
Now that you’ve made the decision to get healthier, you need to set some goals that will motivate you to take consistent action. Here are six steps you can take to ensure you achieve your health and fitness goals:
1. Determine What Success Will Look Like
Do you dream about fitting into your honeymoon jeans? Maybe you just want to drop down one dress size so you can fit that beautifully-stylish-one-size-too-small-but-was-on-sale dress hanging in your closet. Or maybe you want to lose 15, 20 or 30 pounds so you can feel and look better.
Figure out what you really want at the end of all the effort you will put in. Write it down, journal it, or create a vision board that expresses it.
2. Forget About Balance
While there are times you want to strike a balance, this is not one of those times. Being healthy isn’t just about exercise; it’s also about good nutrition and rest.Being healthy isn't just about exercise; it's also about good nutrition and rest. Click To Tweet
I’m sure you’ve heard that losing weight is 80% about what you eat and 20% about how you move your body. Exercise alone often doesn’t help you achieve your weight loss goals, but making the appropriate changes in your eating will make the difference.
Be sure to work on both areas, concentrating mostly on the foods you choose to eat. Feed your body what it needs to be healthy, get adequate rest, and you’ll find that you’ll reach your health goals much faster.
3. Choose Activities You Love AND Can Commit To
How many gym memberships have been wasted and money lost on diet programs people have felt compelled to try but their heart just wasn’t into it. Don’t let that be you. If you hate to cook, don’t invest in a diet program that requires cooking your own meals. If you’re an introvert or feel self-conscious working out in front of others, DO NOT get yourself a gym membership thinking your desire to get fit will miraculously “cure” you of your insecure feelings.
Here’s what you can do instead…
If you have young children and need to be home, find a great workout video you can do from the comfort of your home, or take a brisk walk with the kids, or play hard with them outdoors. You can even find some music that gets your toes tappin’ and dance like there’s no tomorrow in the privacy of your room.
If you love to cook, discover new healthy recipes and prepare them in advance of your week. If you rather eat out, make a list of healthy dishes at your favorite restaurants and commit to eating from that list only. Look for ways to make it easier on you and you’ll be much more likely to succeed.Look for ways to make getting #healthy easier on you and you're much more likely to be successful. Click To Tweet
4. Find Support
Before you get all gung-ho and start working out, consider enlisting the help of others. Having a work-out buddy or accountability partner can make the difference between success or failure.
For others, having a challenge set before them gives them all the determination they need to achieve the goal. If that’s you, you’re in luck. There are a countless number of health and fitness challenges online. I opted for a 14-day health challenge which eliminates all processed food, saturated fat and cholesterol from my diet.
Find a challenge that motivates you and make the determination to stick with it.
5. Keep Track of Your Progress
Writing your goals down along with your experiences along the way can help you stay on track when life gets challenging. Start a health and fitness journal and track your goals, your successes, and your fails.
If you’re more creative and visual, create a vision board to visually portray your goals and progress. Whatever method you choose, consider including a check list of your goals so you can see how you progress along the way.Keep a journal of your fitness goals and progress. It can make the difference btw success or failure. Click To Tweet
6. Reward Yourself for Wins
You worked out (only) 10 minutes? Cheer yourself loudly for choosing to move your body instead of sitting. You achieved your goals for the day? Reward yourself with a favorite movie, a bubble bath or some other (healthy) guilty pleasure. Reach your goals for the week? Treat yourself to that special something you’ve been eyeing. You decide what your reward will be and when you’ve earned it.Celebrate any attempt to reach your goal. Something is better than nothing. Click To Tweet
During the month of January, we feel the pressure to change for the better more than at any other time of the year. Whether you decide to set your goals in January or July, it doesn’t matter. By taking into consideration these steps, you can help ensure your success.