New Year’s celebrations are just around the corner with the promise and excitement of a brand new year – including the added pressure and excitement of making New Year’s resolutions. There tends to be two different types of people when it comes to making resolutions: those who love it and those who don’t believe in the hype.
This is probably because most people make grandiose promises to change themselves or something in their lives but never quite follows through, leaving their resolutions in the dust in the month of February. However, there is great merit to setting goals towards something you want to achieve, self-improvement or whatever your heart desires! Set S.M.A.R.T resolutions this year by being Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Make your resolution specific versus general. Goals such as, “I want to get in shape” or “I want to eat better” are too general and thus too easy to give up on. Break it down into something specific such as, “I will work-out 3 times a week” or “I will cook healthy, homemade dinners.” Take it even further by stating “I will to go to the local gym 3 times a week for 45 minutes to run and lift weights and “I will cook healthy, homemade dinners 5 nights of the week with pre-planned recipes.”
Measure the progress of your resolution by setting a measurable goal. If your goal is to improve your fitness, how will measure improvements along the weight? You could do a baseline fitness test and then re-test yourself every 4 to 6 weeks by seeing how long it takes you to run a mile and or if you’ve increased the weight you can squat.
Is your New Year resolution something that’s really important to you? You have to want it in order to attain it. If your goal is to go to the gym but you hate the gym with a passion, try finding outdoors activities you might enjoy such as walking, skiing or snowshoeing. Or look for a health center that is large and uncrowded so you feel comfortable and invited.
It’s great to dream and believe that any goal is possible, but you also want to be realistic initially in setting resolutions. Aiming too big or impractically can result in feelings of defeat and giving up. If you haven’t run a day in your life, setting a goal to run a marathon in 3 months might not be reasonable or incur the risk of injury along the way. Instead, aim to start a run-walk program and gradually increase your program till you can run a 5k. Once you get baseline fitness, you can plan from there.
Set a realistic timeline of your goals – don’t rush to achieve your goals; it will set you up for failure. If you’re aiming to get in better shape, give yourself time to adapt to an exercise routine and new setting. If you want to run a 5k and aren’t a runner, give yourself a minimum of 6 weeks or a couple of months to adapt to a running program.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!