With every new year comes new plans, new goals, new thinking! So whilst you are reflecting on the year that was and thinking about your big goals for the year ahead take these 5 tips into mind when it comes to any health and fitness goals you set for yourself:
1. Find Your Starting Point
Before starting your New Year’s resolutions, you first must understand the root of your behaviour. For example, if your resolution is to eat healthier, you must first understand the cause of your eating patterns. Start by tracking what you eat for three days and write down your results. At Exolt you can track within MyfitnessPal and share it with our trainersto get a wider perspective and some accountability.
Don’t rush to set and start your goal right away, take time to gather information and make a plan that is right for you.
2. Set Attainable Resolutions
The first step to achieving your New Year’s resolution is to set attainable goals. Start small and gain some early wins. This will encourage long-term consistency.
All goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Check out Exolt’s Free SMART goal setting booklet to get more tips and set your goals up.
3. Set Up Mini-Wins
If your goal is to do plank for 5 minutes , break it up into 1-2 minutes per fortnight. This strategy works for losing weight too. It’s way more manageable (and healthy) than trying to lose it all in a single month. Mini-wins give you plenty of reason to celebrate your incremental success along the way.
4. Find an Accountability Partner
When you’re training alone, it’s so easy to talk yourself out of it. “I’ll do it tomorrow,” or “this can wait,” becomes regular dialogue on your way to the gym. But when someone’s waiting for you, this negative self-talk diminishes and your accountability factor goes up.
Your accountability partner doesn’t have to be a friend, family member etc. Joining group classes or getting a personal trainer is another great way to get an accountability partner. At Exolt our team won’t let you miss your sessions without checking in to find out why you didn’t make it to training.
5. Make sure it’s about you.
Sometimes our fitness resolutions are influenced by those around us and those we see on social media. If you want to start your fitness journey and become more active throughout 2023, do it for you—and not to impress people you don’t even know on social media.