You are unlikely to reach your goal… Does that seem a little strange coming from a personal trainer? Only 8% achieve their New Year’s Resolutions according to Forbes
All across North America, people are resolving to start working out, join a gym, eat healthier, lose weight etc. Gym’s sell more memberships this month than any other month of the year. The sad thing is that by mid-February most of those people have stopped coming to the gym and are back to their old eating habits and couch surfing as a preferred activity.
If you really are committed to living a healthier life you don’t need the calendar to tell you it’s time. The first day of a new resolution should be the day you can’t live another day without making this change. Whether that is January 1st, June 11th, a Monday or a Thursday doesn’t matter. The best day to start improving your health, life, outlook, financial picture or whatever is TODAY. You can even start at lunchtime… or right now. The time to make a change is when you feel inspired. Take your inspiration and run with it!
Once you feel inspired and ready to make a change you need to set goals – SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Timely. Too many people set vague goals like “I am going to start working out”, or “I want to lose weight”, or “I’m going to start eating better”. These kinds of goals lack focus and don’t have a plan, so they don’t succeed. Here is an example of how to set a SMART goal for losing 10 lbs.
- Specific: Set a very specific goal like – “I want to lose 10 lbs”
- Measurable: Determine how you will measure progress and the ultimate results. For example: “I will measure through weekly weigh-ins and do my measurements every 6 weeks (write down the dates)
- Action-oriented: What kind of action will you take to reach your goal? Again, be specific! For example: “I will start working out 3 times per week and walking with my dog most days of the week for 20 minutes. I will also eliminate chips and ice-cream on all days except Fridays” (always use the 80/20 rule)
- Realistic: It is important to be realistic or you will just become discouraged. For weight loss expect to lose 1 – 1.5lbs per week
- Timely: When will the ultimate goal be reached taking all of the above into account.
With a plan like this in place, you are much more likely to reach your goal. It is also important to set smaller goals while on your way to bigger goals. If your ultimate goal is to run a marathon next fall for example, then I suggest you set smaller goals of running a 5km by March, and perhaps a 10K in the spring and so on. That way you will feel successful while on your way to a much bigger goal and it will help keep you motivated.
Plan to be successful! And don’t be shy – we are here to help and support along the way – all you have to do is ASK. And if you think you would like some help with this then the January Kick Start package is perfect for you. Our website also has lots of articles on quick and effective workouts along with nutrition tips etc.
Good Luck!! 🙂