New Years is just around the corner and you know what that means, “new year, new me.”
For a lot of people, this means hitting the gym and getting fit. Unfortunately, for some, the expectations they set are unrealistic and this causes many to eventually become overwhelmed and give up. While it’s good to reach for the stars and achieve what you want, you also have to understand the difference between fitness goals and fitness wishes. Kathleen Trotter explains how you can make fitness goals, not fitness wishes!
There are six simple steps Kathleen lives by and by following them, you too can turn your wishes into goals and your expectations into reality.
Stop using the “I’m too busy” excuse. This is something a lot of people tend to say to deter them from going to the gym, but fitness isn’t about purchasing a gym membership and going every single day. For some, going to a gym just doesn’t fit into their busy schedule, but that doesn’t mean they have to shy away from fitness completely. Walking to a further bus stop, taking the stairs, walking certain places instead of driving, doing lunges or squats while doing chores; these are all ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily life without compromising your schedule.
Don’t aim to change all your health habits at once. Prioritize your goals! Always keep in mind that things do not happen overnight, time is needed. If you aim to change every aspect of your health all at once, you may become overwhelmed. Instead, take it step by step. Start by exercising more, then perhaps fix elements or your diet one by one. Creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself takes time, so make sure you have a realistic outline of what you plan to change and do so gradually.
Establish both long-term and short-term goals. Breaking goals into smaller, more manageable pieces can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. If your goal is to lose X amount of weight in a year, break that down into what you want to lose monthly or even weekly. If your goal is to run X amount of miles in X amount of time, break it down into intervals and work your way up. This will help you keep better track of your goals and how you aim to accomplish them.
Respect your genetics. Don’t waste your life wanting to look like a celebrity if you don’t have those genetics. It’s best to tailor your goals to fit your genetics, your age, the current realities of your life, and your current fitness level. Aim to be the best and healthiest version of yourself that you can be.
Form goals that are relevant and important to you. Don’t exercise just because your doctor or spouse tells you it is healthy. If there are certain goals you want to achieve or a length of time you want to achieve them by, then do just that! You are the one working for these goals, therefore, you should be the one setting them. With that being said, you do not need to completely rule out important opinions. If your doctor says your health is at serious risk, you may want to collaborate your goals with theirs!
Learn from yourself and others. Learn from your successes, as well as your less-than-ideal choices. Learn from others, then implement any strategies that speak to you and your lifestyle.
Kathleen Trotter’s, Finding Your Fit, is certainly a must read for all fitness enthusiasts and those looking to make a beneficial change in their lives.