Around half of us make New Year’s Resolutions… and most of them will revolve around fitness and health. I’m one of them, are you? The bad news is that only around 8 percent of us are going to see them through to completion or to our satisfaction, and 25 percent of us will have dropped the ball by the end of the first week of the year! However the good news is that the fact that we even made a resolution means we’re 10 times more likely to achieve our goals than those who didn’t make that commitment!
Who are we kidding though? Those stats don’t look good, do they? How about we help things along and even up our odds of success a little?
Check out our top tips for seeing your fitness resolutions through to the end…
- Commit yourself to a goal. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Who makes a resolution without committing to a goal? Well, many people actually. “I’m going to get fitter” isn’t enough. Commit to walking, running, riding, swimming, lifting, or jumping in a measurable way. That way you’ll have a yardstick to measure yourself against – and when you’re comfortably meeting it, raise the stakes and challenge yourself harder!
- Make your goal achievable. If the last time you ran was at school, then don’t commit yourself to running a marathon this year… you’re on a hiding to nothing. Start by making it twice around the block, then commit to measurable distances – 3km, 5km, and 10km. At 10km you’re still barely a quarter of your way to a marathon, but keep going!
- Make it public. Share your goal with friends and family – show them you’re serious, and they’ll support you. Share your goal on social media – there are few better forums for accountability… and you’ll be surprised at how many of your connections are setting out along the same path right now… so, you’ve got an instant network of virtual training buddies!
- Hook up with a real-life training buddy. Having someone to run / ride / swim / cry along with is a boon! Just remember, you’re not in competition with anyone other than yourself though. Keep it light, and keep it mutually supportive.
- Forgive yourself, and prepare to restart. We live busy lives and, let’s face it, we’re weak. The training plan that looked so good while you were curled up on the couch during New Year’s Day afternoon won’t look so inviting at 6am on January 9th. However, skipping one day, missing one milestone, or adding rather than losing one kilo, doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Buckle down, and go at it again with a refreshed attitude the next day!
- Plan a reward! Achieving your aim need not be the goal in itself! Get faster and get lighter – and maybe that’s the trigger to treat yourself to the new aero bike. Fulfil your training plan every day through to the end of March – and book yourself the spa week of a lifetime. Do something for yourself! You deserve it!
- Believe in yourself. What you’re about to do takes guts. The fact that you’ve committed means you’re already a winner. Congratulate yourself at every step along the way – and surround yourself with people of similar positive energy.
How does that sound? Who’s in? Good luck to you… let’s do this!