Every year on January 1st, the calendar changes and millions of people embark on their latest New Year’s Resolution journey. Some of the most common resolutions are “I want to lose weight” or “I want to eat better”. These are excellent goals, but just making a blanket statement about what you want to do without a plan to get there is the number one reason why many goals don’t make it past January.
Goals need to be tangible and granular. Saying you want to lose weight isn’t going to magically make it happen. You need to set up an action plan to put your goals into motion. How are you going to lose weight? What steps will you take to reach your goals?
Here are 5 tips to get you on the fast track to help you succeed in your 2020 resolution.
Outline your plan
Temptations inevitably arise, so detailing out your plan and how you are going to deal with pitfalls will help you overcome obstacles. It may be tempting to skip your next workout in favor of the couch, but if you have a plan in place, like relying on a workout buddy for accountability, you are more likely to stay on track.
Talk about it
Don’t keep your resolutions secret, share your goals with friends and family. If you put the word out about what you want to achieve, not only will you create a built-in support system, you will also be more likely to keep yourself in check if others know about your plans.
Setting unattainable goals is the best way to fall short. Vowing to never eat a certain food again or planning to work out 7 days a week if you haven’t regularly worked out in a while aren’t the best approaches to your lifestyle change. Start with small, reachable milestones that you can check off your list and work toward bigger progress.
Don’t beat yourself up
If you hit that inevitable bump in the road, just pick yourself up and keep going. Obsessing over each little slip is a recipe for failure. If you let every speedbump become a mountain, you will never make it to the other side.
Stick with it
It can take a new activity about six months before it becomes part of your personality. That may seem like a long time, but each day you get to choose to keep going and work toward a better version of yourself. Your hard work will pay off.
Change is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. When you believe in yourself and your abilities, there isn’t anything out of your reach. Stick to your goals and by this time next year, you will be able to look back and see all your amazing progress.
A key factor in changing a habit is allowing yourself to be held accountable. Join us for a fun way to make fitness changes that last. Start with a free trial our of all women outdoor fitness classes.
Question: What goals have you set for yourself in 2020?