It is only mid January and you are already wondering how you are going to stick to your New Year resolutions?
Then you have come to the right place! For many years I too struggled to stick and reach the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of the year (by mid January they would already be slipping away).
So, If you’re planning to make healthy changes to your lifestyle and STICK to them, keep on reading to ensure that you follow through on your goals this year.
- Set realistic goals
Starting the New Year off with unrealistic goals sets you up for failure. Rather than becoming overwhelmed by a huge goal that you have little chance of achieving, set yourself realistic milestones. Start off slowly and as you gain confidence you can increase your workload. It takes time to change bad habits, so tackling one goal at a time is advisable. The satisfaction of achieving your goals will keep you motivated and on track to becoming fit and healthy.
- Break big goals into small steps
If you have a bigger resolution that you want to see through, break it down into manageable small steps. Creating a plan of how you are going to achieve your goals with small steps inbetween is a vital part of success. You can break the goal up into daily or weekly milestones.
- Do it for YOU
Why did you make your new year resolution? You’ll have more chance of success if you do it for YOU. Not for your partner, not because your friend has just lost loads of weight and you feel left out, but for YOU because YOU want to change. Examine your motives for getting healthy and fit before you start training. Fitness plans benefit your personal wellbeing and it’s important to take time out of your busy schedule to focus on your health. Giving a deeper meaning to your training can help you to stay motivated.
- Plan (fail to plan, plan to fail)
A solid plan is essential if you want to make your resolution stick. You’ll need to plan your workouts, plan your meals and plan when you are going to cook your meals. With the right preparation, you can ensure that you make your New Year resolution a reality. Good time management is a vital part of any fitness schedule.
- Find a support system
Making a resolution is easy but following through is the hard part. When you commit to getting fit with a workout partner, you’re more likely to stick to your schedule so that you don’t let them down. Training with a workout partner or joining a team or a group of people with the same mindset makes you accountable to someone other than yourself. When you purchase my 4Weeks to Fit Training or 4 Weeks to Fit Nutrition, you join a members only group that will hold you accountable and give you that much needed motivation to keep on going. See if there is anyone among your circle of friends with similar New Year goals and resolutions and sign up together. You’ll find that you motivate each other; and it doesn’t matter if you’re new to fitness whilst they’ve been training for years. In fact, having a fitter friend could push you to work harder!
- Start training today
There is no time like the present to start getting healthy and fit. If you wait to get started on your resolution, you are likely to lose motivation as time goes by. It takes time to make lifestyle changes and if you want to create meaningful and sustainable adjustments, you’ll need to get started right away.
- Build up your resilience
Don’t let small mishaps get you down. While it’s advisable to stick to your training schedule, if you miss out on a day of training or indulge in unhealthy food, don’t let that deter you from starting again fresh the next day. Keeping motivated and overcoming stumbles along the way is an important strategy if you want to succeed.
Now that you know how to make your new year resolution stick, you can take a look at my 4 weeks to fit training plans to get started in the gym and in the kitchen. With this awesome guides, you’ll be heathy and fit in no time.
Until next time!