Before you venture into a new workout program that you may be planning for your New Year’s resolution, you want to make sure you set realistic goals to keep your motivation up. This year, you can make it more than a couple months with your fitness resolution with a few weeks of planning.
First off, setting goals before you start has to be your main priority. It should come before you even decide on a workout program that you will use. So, sit down and write out what you want to change about yourself, in terms of fitness. For instance, maybe you can run 2 miles right now but in 3 months you want to be able to run 4 miles. Don’t be too cautious with these first goals because you will be revising them to make sure they are realistic for your personal situation.
Once you have your initial goals written down, you will want to consider how much time you have to dedicate to fitness. Also, if you are looking to lose weight, diet will be another factor, but that information will be in an upcoming post! If you have a lot of time to dedicate to your fitness advancement, you can set your goals fairly steep. If you are just a weekend warrior, setting too high of goals can really be a let down when you don’t reach them. That is something you definitely want to avoid.
Okay, so you have your initial goals written down as well as how much time you are willing to dedicate to health and fitness. Now, it is time to revise your goals to make them realistic. Honestly, it is about 100 times better to have goals that are too easy than to have goals that are too hard. If you reach a goal before your deadline, that is a fantastic feeling. However, if you fail to meet the deadline with your goal, it can be disappointing and that is where many people give up. Don’t pursue goals like increasing your bench press by 200 lbs. Instead, try and make small goals like increase your bench press by 5 lbs. every month for 3 months straight. If you are looking to lose weight, set a goal to lose 5 lbs. every month instead of trying to lose 20 lbs in 2 weeks. Goals that are attainable is the key here.
So, now that you have your revised fitness goals, you can go in search of a workout program, preferably one that incorporates both strength training and cardio workouts. By following this easy outline, you will be on your way to being able to finally keep that New Year’s resolution to get fit and get healthier. You still have about 20 days until the new year so start planning when you are ready!