If getting in shape is on your to-do list in 2020, you’re certainly not alone! In fact, some sort of health and fitness goal is one of the top resolutions every year. Even if you might have struggled with sticking to fitness resolutions in the past, it’s a new decade and this will be your year! We have some tips to help you set a resolution this year that will stick, and have you looking back at this time next year feeling proud and accomplished. Keep reading to learn some helpful hints of how you can create a successful resolution.
Make SMART Goals
The first step in setting a resolution that will be successful is making it a “SMART” goal. Whether your goal is to lose 15 lbs, gain muscle mass, or being able to run 5 miles, there has to be a plan put in place that will make it possible. That’s where the “SMART” method comes in: Making it specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.
- Specific- Setting a clearly defined goal that narrows down exactly what you’re trying to accomplish is crucial. For example, instead of just saying you want to get healthy, say you want to lose 15 pounds. The more precise and detailed you get, the easier it’ll be to determine your steps in getting there.
- Measurable- This is arguably the most important aspect of your goal- How will you measure success? Whether it’s using exact dates, numbers, amounts, etc., make sure that is measurable.
- Attainable- In order to succeed, you have to set a goal that is reasonable for you to accomplish. Consider the amount of time you have, money, environmental factors, etc.
- Realistic- Your goals should align with your purpose and direction that you’re going in life. Keep them realistic and doable, as unrealistic goals will just discourage you.
- Time-Bound- Setting deadlines and defined timelines is essential. Do you want to lose the weight in 2 months? Do you want to go 1 month without eating any processed foods or added sugar? Whatever the timeline is, make it specific and realistic.
Determine Your Why
Any goal worth setting needs to come from a genuine place that is personal to you, and can be used as your “why.” Keeping your “why” in the back of your mind every single day is what will make the difference this year. Anyone can set a physical goal, but if you don’t have a mental reason for “why,” it’ll be difficult to maintain your motivation on days that you’re tired, sore, and have every excuse in the book to not workout. For example, your “why” for wanting to lose 15 could be that you want to be able to be active and play with your children or grandchildren. Or, if your goal is to run a marathon this year, your “why” could be the organization that you’re running for, and what that cause means to you. Dig deep when it comes to your why, and evaluate what really makes you want that goal.
Boston Athletic Club Will Help you Reach Your Goals
One of the main reasons that people end up falling off track with their fitness goals is “gymtimidation,” and not knowing what to do in the gym. We understand how scary it can be to walk into a gym having no idea how to use the equipment, and not knowing what exercises to do. At Boston Athletic Club, our goal is to make every member feel welcomed and help guide you in the right direction to succeed. That’s why we’re offering every new member that signs up a free one-on-one session with one of our personal trainers. This will help you to learn new exercises, understand proper form to avoid injury, and allow you to ask the experts any questions you may have! We also offer a variety of workout classes that are fun and effective.
Ready to get in shape and make your fitness resolutions finally stick this year? We’re here to help! Stop by Boston Athletic Club in South Boston today to get started.