4 Tips for Setting Goals and Resolutions

As we head towards the New Year, we are all getting ready to make those New Years Resolutions and goals. Choosing the right goals can mean the difference between a lifelong fitness lifestyle and a failed resolution. Check out some tips below for making effective goals to help you stay on track and motivated.

1. Make sure your goal is specific and measurable. We have all heard the standard line “my resolution is to get into shape”.  Okay, so what does that mean for you exactly? For some it may mean fitting into a jean size, whereas for someone else it might mean being able to run 5 km. You can’t meet your goals if you don’t know exactly what they are. Set goals that have quantifiable results.  Examples might include: a target weight goal, a distance to run, a number of chin ups, a percentage increase in your deadlift weight.

2. Make realistic goals. Of course we want you to shoot for the stars and dream big, but setting unrealistic and unattainable goals can just leave you feeling defeated. Set big goals, but make sure they aren’t outside of the realm of possibility.  Example of an unrealistic goal: losing 20 lbs in 3 to 4 weeks (it may be doable, but its probably not very sustainable).

3. Set both short and long-term goals. All humans thrive on success.  Setting short-term goals can give us those little successes to help motivate us to stay on the right track (because obviously something is working!). And, as you meet these goals you set new ones to keep you going! Examples: Lose 2 lbs this week, do one proper pushup by the end of the month, get to the gym 5 days a week for the next two weeks, etc. Long-term goals help us to dream a bit bigger and force us to make a lifelong commitment to this fitness lifestyle. Examples: Run a half-marathon, lose 25 lbs, pull a zamboni through a parade, etc.

4. Hold yourself accountable.  Probably the most important of all of the tips. Write down your goals, share them on social media, tell your friends and family, or shout it from a mountaintop.  Make it harder to quit than it is to succeed!

There you have it. Try applying these 4 tips to your resolution making this year, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll stick with it instead of quitting in February. If you are still having a tough time coming up with some goals for yourself, we’d love to help you out! Set up an appointment with a trainer, stop by the front desk to talk to one of our staff, or just give us a call to see how dynafit can help you set and reach your goals.

Happy “Resolutioning”!