exercise, lifestyle

Staying committed to your resolutions

new-year-2017-fitnessIt is officially February, otherwise known as the month where all the excitement surrounding the New Year fades away. Resolutions made at the first of year somehow disappear with time. And we all forget about improving ourselves.

It’s funny because it’s true. I see this happen every year! People start the year so strong and then get distracted by life. How many times have you ended a year saying, wow… I really did not stick to my resolutions?

I don’t want this to happen to you this year. If you made a resolution, I want you to stick with it! 2017 can be as amazing as you want it to be… and if you want to reach those goals, you have to stay committed in February! Let’s talk about how to make that happen.

First, I want you to make goals everyday, every week, and every month of the year. Each of these goals should help get you closer to that big New Years Resolution. Make small goals everyday. The excitement of hitting that goal will help propel you to the next day. Daily goals should be small. You can’t lose 20 pounds in 24 hours… but you can walk 10,000 steps or eat an extra serving of vegetables. Weekly goals can be a little bigger because you have more time. One of your weekly goals may be to improve your squat form. You could potentially fix your form in a day, but some extra practice will help you retain the corrections. Another weekly goal may be to food prep all of your lunches. These are things you can easily accomplish in a week! Your monthly goals can be even bigger. Monthly goals should be something you can work towards every day of the month. One of your monthly goals may be to increase your one rep max (or how much weight you can lift for one rep). You can focus your training on a certain lift (squat, deadlift, overhead press, etc) and structure your workouts in a way to get stronger. It’s these small steps that will help you climb they ladder to your New Years Resolution.

I also recommend documenting your fitness journey. Keep a journal or post publically on social media. If you want to see your body change and get healthier, take photos. Looking back at these images will help encourage you to keep going. And at the end of the year you can actually see how far you’ve come! If you decide to post on social media, your followers can also help motivate you when you feel like quitting.

Finding a workout buddy or a group of people who share similar goals can also a great idea. You won’t have a chance to slack off with a group of people to holding you accountable. Create a friendly competition with your friends about who can get the most steps, or who can stick to their plan the best. If you don’t have another exercise enthusiast in your life, turn to social media for a new workout crew. Use the hashtag #MFitResolutions on your photos, and see others who do the same. As a group we can all check-in with each other and keep one another committed.

If prizes motivate you… buy yourself something special every month if you stick with your plan. If you reach your February goal, go out and buy some new leggings. The new gear may get you excited to workout! If you reach your March goal, pick up a new yoga mat… it may inspire a new hobby.

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