There are all kind of new year’s resolutions out there. Save more money, maintain a healthier diet and get more sleep are all wonderful goals for the next 365 days. More than those, however, lots of people make fitness resolutions. Things like shedding unwanted pounds, running that first 5k or getting serious about yoga practice are surprisingly common. Unfortunately, just as quickly as those goals are set they often fall by the wayside. Don’t let it happen to you! Here are 5 tips for setting a fitness resolution you can stick with all year long:
Make a commitment. A resolution is defined as “the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc”. A commitment is defined as “the act of committing, pledging or engaging oneself…a pledge or promise; obligation.” The difference between two is clear. Resolutions carry little emotional weight and are easy to move away from. A commitment asks for you to invest, making it tougher to go off track without noticing.
Start small. Running a marathon is a great way to get healthy. It’s also a great way injure yourself and get frustrated. Shedding 30 pounds is fantastic but it’s very hard, slow work. No matter what your goal is, getting in over your head will lead to frustration and likely failure. Setting small step wise goals like running 2 miles or loosing 1 pound a week that happen quickly keeps you feeling positive about your progress. Lots of small goals also add up to some pretty big accomplishments!
Have a plan. Since you’ve committed to becoming better in 2017, you will definitely need a plan. Knowing how you’ll get where you want to go is half the battle when it comes to keeping your fitness resolution moving forward. Take some time to figure out where your training will fit in your schedule, what you want to accomplish each week and what kind of support you’ll need.
Track your progress. Write down what you do every single day. Track the way you felt, what time it was, the weather, what you’d eaten before the workout along with what exercise you actually did. It’s a great way to see you’re getting closer to your goal even after a bad day because that bad day is probably still an improvement over a few weeks ago. You can never have too many reminders of how far you’ve come and how much further you can go. A journal will also help you see how things like sleep, nutrition and mood can play a big role in how a workout goes.
Celebrate. Make a celebration part of your plan. Whether it’s registering for the race and drinking all the free beer afterwards or taking a vacation somewhere special for a recovery week, you’ll have earned it. Yes, taking that fitness resolution to the point of success is a prize in its own right but… After months of planning, hard work and unexpected challenges, a reward is a nice way to reinforce your success.
No matter what your goals for 2017 are Team ECRP wants you to rock them. Use one or all of these tips to beat your 2017 fitness resolution and set the bar even higher in 2018.
Happy New Year!