Now that you’ve resolved to have a healthier, fitter year, we want to help you keep your resolution throughout 2015. We know a lot of people talk a good game during the beginning of the year and by the beginning of March, those New Year’s fitness resolutions are a distant memory. This not only happens as a result of a lack of persistence, but also a lack of realism.
At The Physical Edge in Arcadia, we want to help keep your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Our goal is to help you reach all of your personal health goals through exercise, personal training and motivation. Whether you’ve resolved to lose weight, add muscle or just build endurance, we can help you get there. Contact The Physical Edge today to find out how we can help you. Here are six strategies you can use in order to keep your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
Have a vision
Are you looking to lose weight? Are you looking to gain weight? Do you want to improve your strength? In order to stick to realizing your new year’s fitness resolutions, you need to have a complete vision of what it is you want to accomplish. You have to be able to see and feel the new body that you want. As ethereal as this may sound, studies have shown that people who visualize their success often are successful. Develop an idea of what you want to look like in the coming months.
Set realistic goals
Now that you have an idea of what you want to look like, it is now time to create goals that align with the vision that you have of yourself. Setting realistic goals will help you figure out exactly what you need to do in the most detailed fashion to achieve results. Start off by taking body measurements. Three measurements you should be tracking in order to determine your overall goals are:
- Waist Line
- Body Fat Percentage
Knowing these numbers will help you determine appropriate weight loss or weight gain goals. Without knowing these numbers, you run the risk of either underestimating or over-estimating exactly what you need to accomplish as far as weight loss or weight gain. If you are looking to lose weight, realistically you should strive to lose anywhere between one to two pounds a week. Anything beyond two pounds is dangerous. If you are looking to gain weight (assuming it’s muscle), realistically you can gain anywhere between two to five pounds a month.
Document your journey
Another key factor to meeting your new year’s fitness resolutions is documenting your journey. Every day you should chronicle your daily food intake, exercises, recipes and other things that will work in tandem with your fitness resolutions. Also, you should use your journaling to document any successes, failures and plans of improvement. This will help you stay accountable to your goals and reach them in a timely manner.
Have Faith and Be Persistent
Finally and most importantly, be faithful and persistent in your quest to achieve your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Change does not happen overnight. It is a deliberate process that takes time, dedication and discipline. Stay encouraged by reading motivational books, developing a social support network and ultimately developing passion for your goals. Success is yours if you believe it and stay true to your mission.