So, January is here (how?!) and it’s that time of the year again where we are setting ourselves New Year’s Resolutions. It’s also that time of the year where we ‘promise’ ourselves that we will go to the gym ‘every day’ and ‘eat healthy all the time’. And so January the 2nd comes, (obviously not January 1st; hello hangover!) and all gyms across the country are thriving off the newcomers setting themselves goals for 2018 to be the year they become ‘fit’, without actually understanding what being ‘fit’ means to them.
January to March are noticeably busier in gyms. However, by April, a lot of people have teetered off. Why is this? Why do we set ourselves goals that are just not realistic or manageable? A lot of people are guilty of this, including me. So here are a few tips I have learnt this year to help you set goals and actually achieve them.
- Get back into exercise or begin your fitness journey slowly. This cannot be stressed enough. There is no rush. You want to enjoy the process and see results naturally. There’s no point smashing the gym 5 times a week for one month and then give up as you can’t keep up with the routine. If you are just starting out on your fitness journey and thinking about joining the gym, even though you don’t want to, then don’t do it. Try to incorporate moving your body more into your daily routine and once you become confident enough, then join the gym. You have got to enjoy exercise to actually stick to it… this leads me on to my next tip.
- Enjoy what you do. If you don’t like cardio, don’t do cardio. If you don’t like lifting weights, don’t do it. Pick exercises or classes you enjoy and you are more likely to stick to an exercise routine. Also, be open-minded about what options are available to you. There’s a whole range of sports or classes to choose from. Going to the gym or getting fit is not just running on a treadmill. You can do zumba, yoga, HIIT, swimming, weight lifting, boxing, martial arts etc… If you are serious about getting fit, there will be something that suits you.
- Listen to your body. If you don’t fancy lifting weights that day, you don’t have to. If walking your dog is all you fancy doing, then just do that. The more times you force yourself to do something you don’t want to do, the more likely you are to quit. As mentioned earlier, be realistic with your goals. If you know it is not possible to go to the gym every night, then don’t get in the mind set that if you don’t go then you have ‘failed’. There’s nothing more disheartening than being too hard on yourself.
- Set yourself regular, measurable targets. Maybe sign up for a 10k later on in the year and have that as you main focus. Fitness goals do not have to be solely based around aesthetics. Muscle building and fat loss will come naturally alongside your measurable, non-aesthetic goals.
So these are my top tips to help your achieve your New Year fitness goals.
Let me know what you think and what you want to achieve this year…