8 Tips to Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals in 2018!
COMMIT TO WORKOUT
Plan out 4 days of workouts. Be specific–set the date, time and place of each workout. Ambiguity is the enemy of your resolutions! Remember, your body needs time to repair from workouts, and you want to avoid burnout, so build in days off days as well.
FIND A FRIEND
As the kids call it, get a Squad. Your squad will share your fitness goals, work out with you, and like all your fitness updates on Facebook! Talk about workouts, give each other early morning wakeup calls, shop for fitness gear together and get healthy as a team!
WRITE IT, RIGHT?
You’ve heard about writing down your goals? You know it works – just do it. This time, prioritize your goals by listing them in order of importance, ease, cost, and time. Break the big hairy goal down into digestible chunks of work or phases, and include a couple rewards for hitting milestones! Review your goals monthly and make adjustments. When you don’t achieve the goal, consider what you can do differently and going forward again. You can do this in 2018!
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
We all have an inner cheerleader who may or may not be on our team! Sometimes it’s telling us that we rock and other times it’s reminding us of the cake we had for breakfast. It’s hard to control this voice, but remind yourself of your assets—both physical and non-physical. What do people compliment you for? Of course, you may have set backs on the way to your goals, but you can always begin again. Listen to music that makes you feel great, and wear clothes that compliment your frame. Do whatever it takes to keep the good vibes going in your head and motivation going in your body.
MIX IT UP
Change up your workouts to avoid boredom and to work different body parts. Try a variety of classes to discover what keeps you interested and which workouts change your body! There are so many new ways to get fit that you don’t have to compromise or plant yourself on a treadmill all day.
USE THE FORCE(TECHNOLOGY)
Fitbit, Vivofit, My Fitness Pal…the list of fitness tools and apps can be overwhelming, but give them a try. Find the tech that motivates you(and is user friendly). Using apps and monitors can definitely keep your plans on track by encouraging you to do eat better, get enough sleep and move more often.
FIND YOUR MEASURE
The scale is not the only measure of progress toward your fitness goals! Can you fit into a certain dress or pair of pants that were too tight six months ago? Have you lost inches in your thighs, arms, or waist? Are people telling you that your face looks thinner? Can you do more push ups now? Are you able to run faster or longer? Can you lift heavier weights or do more reps now? Do you have more energy as a result of your healthier lifestyle? These are measures outside of the scale that let you know that you are going in the right direction. Add these to your list!
SHORT TERM & LONG TERM EATING
There’s an infinite list of supplements, diets and forbidden food lists that claim to help you lose weight. Guess what? They probably work, but only in the short term. You may find a program that jumpstarts you on your way to your goals but rarely does it take you all the way and sustain you for years. Go ahead and get a little help, but long term, you’re going to find the right balance without a “program”. Logically, more water, less sugar, portion control, healthy foods, and mindful eating go a long way toward a lifestyle change!