Happy 2019! It’s that time of year again. You’ve entered a new year and made new fitness goals. While it’s great to create goals that’ll help you become the best version of yourself, many times we don’t carry it out past the first few months. According to researchers at the University of Scranton, only 50% of people are able to keep their resolutions past three months. So here are 3 great tips you can use to help you stick to your fitness resolutions.
1 Create S.M.A.R.T Goals For Yourself.
Set realistic goals for yourself using the S.M.A.R.T method. S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. So instead of setting goals that are too lofty or ambiguous to attain such as “lose 50 pounds”, be more specific. Using the S.M.A.R.T method a goal could be, “lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks by doing cardio exercise so I can feel my best for my birthday”. The closer and attainable the goals are, the more likely you will be to achieve them. And once you knock those goals out, you can set new ones. Also, don’t aim for the impossible. If you know you really only have time to take a dance class twice a week, stick to that. Don’t overextend yourself because that may lead to negative thoughts and emotions when you aren’t able to follow through.
2. Find Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable.
You can find ways to be held accountable through yourself and others. How does your body and mind feel when you don’t make responsible choices? How does it feel when you do make the right choices? Honor yourself by continuing the habits that serve your body and letting go of the ones that don’t. Discipline is key. Another option is to have someone trustworthy and dependable do check ups on your progress. Someone who will encourage you to stay consistent and cheer you on.
3. Forgive Yourself. Every time.
While it’s okay to feel discouraged, don’t beat yourself down. If you happened to skip a gym day or eat a meal you weren’t supposed to, let it go. Self-loathing and self-hate are not helpful or healthful. And remember, your overall health is of utmost importance. According to Psychology Today, “researchers found that people who were successful at keeping their New Year’s resolutions slipped, or made mistakes. In fact, 71 percent of people who were successful in their resolutions slipped in the first month”. Each day, each second is filled with opportunity to start again. No one gets it right every single time. So just acknowledge it and carry on.