3 Ways to Make Your Fitness Resolutions a Success
By Virginia Laird
Like millions across the nation, you may be beginning to consider a wide variety of resolutions to set for the new year. Research suggests that goals focusing on improving health and wellness tend to be some of the more popular ones. If you have a hard time sticking to your resolutions, this year you can change that. There are several factors to consider when deciding to commit to goals. Healthcare professionals, as well as fitness gurus, have offered several guidelines to follow when determining your resolutions, including:
- Keep goals simple
- Don’t wait until the first to consider the goals
- Allow for some days off
Keep Goals Simple
Another tip for making sure your goals are successful throughout the year is to make sure the goals are simple. A goal that has too many strings attached can be difficult to find successful. An example of a complex goal could be: Take a spin class and lift weights everyday. This is problematic for several reasons including:
- Expecting a certain class everyday is beyond your control
- Gyms can change the schedule at a moment’s notice
- You may decide you are bored with one certain class
A better goal would be: Exercise routinely, with a minimum of four times a week, including some exercise classes.
Stating your goal without specific details can allow more room for a successful year.
Don’t Wait Until the First of the Year to Consider the Goals
It is best to not wait until the last minute to decide and commit to your goals. Each one should be well thought out and accompanied with a plan of action to ensure success. If you haven’t already figured out your resolutions, don’t stress. There is nothing requiring you to begin the first day of the year. Allow yourself a couple of weeks to map out your plan. Choose a starting date that offers plenty of time to determine a course of action.
Allow for Some Days Off
Personal trainers remind their clients to allow some days off from strict routines and schedules. The body needs at least one day of rest each week. If you are following a diet, allowing for one day off here and there can help you avoid the cravings and need to cheat.
As you prepare to embark on your journey in the coming year, remember there may be times in which following through can seem difficult. However, as you stick to your plan you will find your results to be pleasing. You can do it! Good luck and may 2018 be your best year yet!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brentwood, Tenn.