Avoid setting yourself up for failure
January can be a crazy time of year with hype around creating a "New You", health and fitness. I personally hate New Years resolutions because they often suggest that you have to change a huge part of your lifestyle. New Years resolutions are generally unattainable. Don't get me wrong, I am all for goal setting. I just find that resolutions take it a step too far.
The start of a New Year is a great time for reflection and think about what you want to achieve in the year. So here are my top tips for starting to set some goals that are achievable and realistic to your lifestyle.
1. Scale it back
The first thing that new clients tell me is that they want to be exercising every day for at least an hour. Most of these clients look a bit lost when my first question is "do you think that is realistic?" followed by what was stopping you from doing this last year? That's why I believe that it is important to factor these in before deciding how often you can fit exercise in. There is almost an expectation that to be fit and healthy you must be exercising every day. This couldn't be further from the truth. Your body requires time to recover from exercise and it helps you improve your fitness.
* Make sure you have a good think about whether your goals are realistic *
2. Don't set your goals around weight loss
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula that results in achieving a certain amount of weight loss. Instead, focus your goals on things that you have control over. For example, goals for fitness, eating more fruits and vegetables or drinking less. This way you you can see if you are achieving your goals rather than being disappointed every time you step on the scales.
3. Break your goals up
So you decided on what you want to achieve. Now it's time to think about what it will take to achieve this. One of my personal goals this year is to run in the Gold Coast 10k race. To do this I will have to start training (seems obvious). So I might start with a half hour run twice a week (all I can manage at this stage). Once I find this comfortable I will start to look at the distance I am running and sett goals around that. Now I can start to picture what needs to happen over the next few months.
4. Be kind to yourself
Sometimes things don't go to plan. And that's OK! But often the little voice inside our heads can convince us that we are never doing enough. If you find that this happens to you take some time to think about your week/day/month and ask yourself what else is going on? And reassess whether your goals are still realistic. If not, they may need a little tweaking. Adjusting your goals is a much better plan than giving up all together!
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