Isn't it funny how every year it takes a bit to remember the new number? Considering how difficult that tiny habit can be at first, a resolution to seriously overhaul a physique takes planning!
For the first few weeks after the New Year my gym is abnormally packed. It's the time of the year when we start to think about what we can do to look, feel, and be better. I admire those who set fitness resolutions, but think that to achieve your goals there has to be a game plan in place.
Tips on Conquering Fitness Resolutions & Goals
- Schedule your workouts like they’re appointments. Ideally they should occur first thing in the morning, even if you have to get up super early. You’re metabolism will spike all day!
- Fitness is a journey rather than a destination. Your goals aren’t vacations you visit, but a new healthy lifestyle.
Fat is Something We Have, Not Something We Are
- Get your clothes and gym bag ready the night before (and find some cute workout clothes!!). Why not look forward to wearing them?
- Have a distinct, written workout plan Ben Bruno and Bret Contreras write mine for me. I put it in my workout log, and record my weights every day. It’s about being really engaged with your body, how else will your fitness resolutions become fitness habits?
- Maintain a log book of your weights and work done to track progress. You'll tend to be more honest with yourself when you put it in writing. If you want to be extra crafty, separate it in two and use the second half to record food intake.
Get Involved with Your Goals
- Keep it manageable, practical for your circumstances, and realistic. If you haven't been working out at all, or are completely new to fitness in general, aim for three workouts per week. Do 30 minutes the first month, and up it to one hour after a month.
- Collect photos of bodies that inspire you and put them in your fridge, on your fridge, taped onto your wallet, inside your purse, whatever works.
- If you have time to be on Facebook, or watching TV you also have time to work out. Make the time, and do less of something that brings you farther away from your goals. You’re not the busiest person in the world so stop making excuses.
Take Setbacks in Stride
- Think about the pain/depression you experience from being who/what you don’t like or want to be. Use it as a propellant. Refresh your motivation each and every day. It's like brushing your teeth, you have to do it daily or you'll lose the benefits. I think listening to Tony Robbins (or anyone who inspires you) while getting dressed for the gym and traveling is a great idea.
Back in my twenties my weight fluctuated by as much as 20lbs on a regular basis. I’m petite so 20lbs makes a big difference in how I feel. I remember walking back into the gym and feeling so self conscious about my body, and not wanting to be there.
When I gained weight I didn't want to go out as much and struggled with clothes I couldn’t wear. One day at an audition for a TV commercial my pants ripped. I was mortified, but trust me, it gave me some serious motivation to set a fitness resolution and get back in shape.
Believe in a better you!