Happy New Year everyone! With the New Year of course comes new goals, hopes of sticking to a strict diet and finally reaching that beach bod that you've always dreamed of. Unfortunately the sad reality is that most people struggle to continuously work towards their goals and carry them out past the month of January. Even if you're not a typical "New Years Resolutioner" you can still benefit from these tips and tricks necessary to reaching your goals for the new year.
Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely. When setting your goals it is essential to follow this acronym. Too often people will come in with the goal of losing 20lbs by February, or have signed up for a half-marathon that's in a month without ever having stepped on a treadmill or running long distances to begin with. Having a detailed game-plan is incredibly important when it comes to reaching your fitness goals.
Specific: When creating your fitness goals it is important to be as detailed as possible, just saying "I want to get in shape" is not enough. Having a collection of smaller goals such as; a desired bodyweight, time on the treadmill, or a new personal best on an exercise is a much more effective way to reach the broader goal of "getting in shape".
Measurable: Writing down your workouts and the food you eat makes this much easier. By being able to see where you started and the progress you've made you can track how close you are to achieving your goals.
Attainable: Setting attainable goals goes a long way when starting a new fitness routine or diet plan. Smaller, short term goals are much easier to achieve than a broader long term goal 6 months into the future. These small term goals can also allow you to ease your way into a drastic change instead of trying to do it all at once. Going to the gym 3x a week is much easier than trying to jump into 2-a-days when you haven't worked out in over a year.
Realistic: Too often we get ahead of ourselves when it comes to new years resolutions, setting goals that may just be out of reach. When coming up with your fitness goals, taking the time to make goals you know you can reach will kick-start your new fitness lifestyle and help you be more efficient when tackling the new year.
Timely: Studies have shown that it takes 22 days to develop a new habit, or form a new routine. Although some days may be harder than others, just getting through that first month can make all the difference in feeling comfortable and getting into that new routine. It does not necessarily have to be 22 days straight that you step into the gym but coming consistently 3-5x a week will make it much easier for you down the road. Setting a timeline for your fitness goals makes it much easier on yourself when tracking and recording your progress, checking off small daily, or weekly goals will ultimately help you in your overall long term goals that could be months down the road.
Also, DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! If you are unsure about an exercise or need a kick-start to your 2016 goals, all the staff at Dynafit are knowledgeable and willing to help you to the best of their abilities. The more you know, the more confident you will be in and outside of the gym! So whether you're a seasoned vet, or a "New Years Resolutioner", it is important to both work hard and smart about becoming your best self! :)