Top Tips for Sticking to your 2019 Fitness Goals
You’ve finally run out of mince pies and Christmas films to binge on, and the box of celebrations is empty – except for the Bounty ones. This signifies one thing and one thing only: It’s finally time to turn your attention to the year ahead and the fitness goals to be put in place for 2019.
We have all made a new years resolution at some point in our lives, and then almost instantly broken them. Make this year the year you stop the negative cycle of not following through with your fitness goals. Check out our top tips for sticking to your 2019 fitness goals.
Saying you will NEVER eat your favourite meal again is setting you up for failure. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as only allowing yourself it on the weekend. Obsessing over the occasional slip up won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time. Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
Make a plan
Decide what tactics will best help achieve your goal. Research and swat up on tops tips on how to keep your motivation going. Knowledge is power and it will help you deal better with the temptation to skip a gym class or have a big bowl of pasta. This could include calling on a friend for help, practising positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your “bad” will affect your goal.It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
Talk about it
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
Track your progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated.