It’s the beginning of a new year and with that comes packed gyms, weight loss goals, and fitness goals and motivation like crazy! I am always so excited for friends who want to change habits and make their health and fitness a priority. I want to ensure you are able to achieve your fitness goals with these easy tips.
Narrow down your fitness goals
Instead of making a really broad or general fitness goals such as “I want to lose weight or get healthy this year” make it specific. For example, I want to lose 50 lbs or I want to work out 4 out of 7 days a week. Take this step of goal planning seriously. If you are not 100% clear on your end fitness goal you are more likely to call it quits on a hard day.
Set reasonable milestones
Set reasonable milestones throughout the year to check in. Don’t be laser-focused on your goal for 3 weeks in January than in March let it slide but be frustrated when nothing changes. Consistency is key to achieving any fitness goal. If you want to lose 50 lbs total set a goal of losing 4-5 lbs each month and allow those small short term goals snowball into larger long term success.
Hold yourself accountable. Make a vision board or print out motivational quotes/pictures to put somewhere you will see every day like your fridge, bathroom mirror, car dashboard. Find a buddy to hold you accountable. Someone who you live with, work with, or talk to daily who will push you and support you. Be purposeful about who your buddy is – this person should encourage you and push you – not guilt you or berate you at a misstep.
Pen to Paper
There are awesome fitness specific journals to use like this Fitbook! What I love about it is the combination of gratitude and check in with food, exercise, and positivity. Don’t feel like you need something fancy to track your goals. A sticky note or the notes section of your smartphone will do just fine. There are awesome smart phone apps and webpages like Fitness Pal that work great as well!
Give yourself some grace
You are going to have a rough day. You will skip the gym or eat a doughnut. Heck, maybe you skip the gym to eat a doughnut. Don’t put all of your emphasis on the number on the scale in measuring success either, read this post to see why we advocate for getting off of your scale. Mama – life is hard some days. Do not beat yourself up or call it quits. Find a good balance that is sustainable long term and put one foot in front of the other.
Celebrate the successes!
Reward yourself when you hit those short term fitness goals. Get some new workout gear, go out to dinner, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, etc.