The end of the year is here which means goodbye to 2021 and hello to a New Year, and perhaps a new you? I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, as the statistics don’t favour those who make them. Research shows that around 1 in 4 of people give up their resolutions within 1 week, while fewer than 1 in 10 will maintain their goal to the end of the year. So don’t wait to start on January 1st, instead use this time over Christmas to get ahead of the game.
2021 has been another year of the uncontrollable, but that doesn’t have to stop you taking control of your health and fitness now. More often than not, it is the thought of starting something new or changing a habit, that is worse than actually doing it. One way to overcome this is to write down what you want to achieve and why. By writing a goal down, you are not only over 40% more likely to achieve it, but it will give you a sense of direction too.
Here are a few examples of setting goals properly and effectively:
“By July 2022, I want to drop 3 dress sizes so I can fit into my favourite bikini on holiday. This will make me feel comfortable on the beach.”
“By March 2022, I want to be able to complete 10K in under 1 hour. This will prove I can be fitter now than in my 20’s!”
By December 2022, I want to be able to lift 10Kg over my head, so I can comfortably lift my grandson, which will make me feel happy.”
All of these goals are different and give an exact date and execution to be measured by which solidifies consistency when trying to achieve it. This will keep you motivated when times inevitably get tough.
The more important factor is the ‘why’ which is the emotional part of it. This ultimately determines what we do, and will drive you forward when you feel like stopping. It is far more powerful than the goal itself, so it is worth considering why you want to do something before you start.
Now you have your what and your why, you can work backwards and begin the plan to get there. Assess your food and fitness habits and decide which needs addressing and how you are going to do that. A gym membership, Peloton bike or a personal trainer are a few options to consider.
If you need expert advice and really want to take this seriously, a personal trainer really is your best option. Someone who can help build your fitness plan in the direction you need, as well as supporting your nutrition, whilst keeping you accountable to stay on track. If you are lucky to find a good trainer, they will genuinely take on your goals as their own and will do everything in there power to make you successful.
Finally, one quick note on Christmas and the inevitable indulgence. Enjoy it! It comes around once per year, so unless you are a professional athlete, have the food and drink with no guilt or thought on their calories or macronutrients.
I hope you all have a wonderful festive period, and stay safe and healthy and I look forward to bringing you more fitness advice in the New Year.
As always, keep sending me questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org as I’ll be happy to help. Or if you do need the extra support or motivation to achieve your goals, I can certainly help you.