So, we are already well into the second month of the year, and most of us have hit a few challenges along the way towards our fitness goals. For some, it might be the lack of energy or drive to continue the workout routine that we set forth in our New Year’s resolutions; for others, it might just be a lack of time available in the schedule over recent weeks. No matter the situation, keep on track and moving towards your goals can be a challenge in and of itself. I’m here to encourage you to remain persistent with your hard work ethic and discipline. Additionally, I recommend that you remain positive throughout. By doing both, you will be able to climb closer to your goals. Certainly, the journey can be extra frustrating at times, but, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Keep on track and keep your head held high! Before you know it, your goals will come into sight. Here are a few quick tips to keep you in the game.
- Be sure to have reachable, quantifiable goals! You want to make sure that your goals are realistic, timely, and quantifiable. For me, I want to lift more weight on the bench press, but I need to be sure that I pick a specific number of reps for a specific weight if I am going to be able to better achieve my goal. Of course, while I’d love to bench press 500lbs, that is not a reasonable goal for me right now, so I selected 315lbs for 4 reps and 225lbs for 10 reps instead!
- Keep track of your progress! It is always great to see how well you are doing along the journey. If you are trying to lose 10lbs in 6 weeks, maybe you want to weigh yourself every week. If you are trying to walk 5 miles each day, maybe you should get something like the FitBit to help you monitor your daily progress. Tracking your progress can be a great motivational tool as you strive to reach each goal.
- Reward Yourself! As you reach various milestones and your overall goals, be sure to take a minute to reward yourself. If you attach an award for reaching a specific goal or milestone from the outset, it can really help boost your overall motivation levels!
Let me know how your resolution journey is going thus far. Keep working at your goals, stay on track, and remain positive! In the end, you will thank yourself!