Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath calls September the “New New Year”, a time for us to recommit to our fitness regime and set new health and fitness resolutions for ourselves. Before making bold new resolutions, it’s important to remember to make goals achievable and realistic. Remember we live in a realistic world, not an ideal world - i.e. you may want to work out 5 times per week but because of work commitments, injuries, family/friends, etc. you may only be able to work out 3 times per week.
Here are Eva’s 5 do’s for setting fitness resolutions this ‘New New Year’:
- DO create a plan. Setting a goal is merely the first step. Know where you’re going, what resources you’ll need and what Plan B is when life throws you a curve ball. Don’t focus on too many things at once and rather try honing your intentions to one small goal at a time. Break goal into mini challenges to keep you motivated along the way. You are far more likely to succeed with a series of smaller steps that will lead you to your big finale.
- DO write it down. The act of writing down your goal can be powerful enough to keep you committed and focused through these last few months of 2014. In your NTC journals write down what your intentions are each day, small steps on how you will get there and at the end of each day rate the day. How did you do today? Sometimes seeing a visual makes it seem more possible and will motivate you to continue.
- DO be specific. Don’t deal in absolutes! Avoid words such as “some” and “more” as in “I will get some more exercise.” It leaves too much wiggle room to bend the rules. Try to only deal in measurable things that you have control over. If goals are not measurable, you may not be able to see the improvements.
- DO leave room for failure. Don’t expect perfection because really, persistence is key here. Why not accept the fact that you may not achieve your biggest goal on the first try. That’s OK!
- DO reward your success. Don’t beat yourself up over failure. This is not the approach to take to succeed with your goals. Why not focus on what you’re doing right instead? When you achieve one of your smaller goals, celebrate it with a reward that won’t knock you off your path. This will only motivate you to keep going!