I’ve seen it time and time again. My clients come back after their December holidays more determined and more motivated than ever. I hear the same narrative over and over again. “This year is going to be different, this year I’m going to smash my goals!” And for the better part of January, they actually do. Don’t get me wrong, I would never demotivate them and tell them to be realistic or that they won’t be able to achieve these goals nor the fact that this year might be the year that they do change. But as a professional trainer, I do believe that it is my job and my obligation to guide them throughout this process and to provide them with the tools to set the realistic goals they need in order to achieve their set out goals and to keep them going the whole year and not give up in the first few weeks.
Here are some guidelines to sticking to your new year’s resolutions:
- Never miss a Monday.
You’ve heard before and there could not be more truth to this saying. It is absolutely critical to stick to a routine and to break the hiatus over the weekend. It sets the tone for the rest of your week and gives you the opportunity to start over. A lot of people feel that they fail because they went off course over weekends but a Monday is your opportunity to hit the reset button.
- Preparation is key!
Have a plan and stick to it. The most common error people make is to go with the flow with their fitness routines. Plan your meals, plan your workouts, plan your goals , plan the next day. Plan, plan and plan!
- Set realistic goals.
Start having a goal in mind, this could be what you would like to accomplish in the next 3 months or in the next year as long as you have an idea of what you are working and aiming for. And put the plan in motion by working toward it by setting small and attainable goals that will help you reach your goal over a period of time.
- Seek the help of a professional.
Knowing that you have paid someone to help you reach your goals, whether it’s a personal trainer or a nutritionist, will help you take it more seriously because of the actual money you’ve spent. It will help you stay accountable as well as help you realise that you are taking someone else’s time and not just your own.
- Get a partner or join a class.
Working out or changing your lifestyle can be tricky when you don’t surround yourself with the needed support. Recruit one of your friends to join in and to also help you stay accountable. Make it fun so that exercise excites you and isn’t a chore.