It’s that time of year again—we’ve all eaten, drank and been merry, and it’s time to buckle down and get back into healthy mode for the new year. The dawn of a new January is the perfect time to set some concrete fitness goals. Whether it’s to lose weight, build muscle, shape up your diet or something else, your priority is to be as successful as possible so you can build the healthy, fit body you want. So why do so many women abandon their goals come March? We’ve got the inside scoop—it all has to do with planning! Here’s how to massively up your chances for success with your 2018 fitness goals:

  • Make sure your goals are specific and measurable. If not, how will you know when you achieve them? “Lose weight” is a fantastic goal, but you need to add some details in order to actually be able to achieve it. How much weight—and will you judge your success by the scale, by how you feel, or by whether you fit into those favorite jeans? How will you do it—by getting a San Diego personal trainer or taking some cardio fitness classes? What’s your timeline—two pounds per week, or a dress size by spring? There’s no wrong answer! You just have to decide what’s best for you before you start.
  • Be realistic. We all know that dropping four jeans sizes in a month is not realistic (or healthy!). Neither is quitting soda, fast food and sugar cold-turkey. Acknowledge that any goal worth achieving will take time, effort and dedication, and set yourself up for success by outlining goals that are achievable, but that still challenge you. For example: If you’re new to exercise, instead of saying you’re going to spend 10 hours working out every week, start small. Take a look at the Bootique schedule and make a plan: Begin with one outdoor personal training class and one cardio dance class per week. Make them a part of your routine, and then work your way up to going more frequently!
  • Write them down. Take your goals seriously! Carve out a bit of time to spend in a quiet place with nothing else to do but focus on your current self, and the future self you want to grow into. Studies show that your chances of achieving your goals increases by 42% if you write them down regularly, so clear your mind, get that pen to paper and see what you come up with.
  • Share your goals with a friend. It’s no secret that accountability is effective! Share your goals with your partner, friend or coworker so that it’s harder for you to abandon them when you have a tough day, and so you can celebrate together when you make progress. Better yet, find someone with similar goals, and you can help keep each other on track. If no one comes to mind, find yourself a friend at a Bootique class, whether it’s an outdoor personal training class in La Jolla or Hillcrest. The Boutique family is a supportive, encouraging and ever-positive one, so you’re sure to find a fitness pal (or two!) among our group.

80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by February. Don’t be a statistic! Take your goals seriously and plan them well—and if you have trouble keeping on track or staying motivated, that’s where the Bootique network comes in! You’ll find a friendly atmosphere at every one of our fat-burning workout classes; both our trainers and your fellow Bootique’ers are focused on fun and fitness, and we love to help each other achieve greatness. So grab your paper and pen and your Bootique class schedule and get to goal planning!