Every year, hundreds vow to change their lives with the New Year. In January, the number of new members at the Touchstone gyms increases greatly as people fight off the holiday weight. Exercising more and losing weight are two of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Achieving these resolutions can be easier by remembering a few steps.
Set Specific Goals
Everyone wants to get fit and lose weight but specific and realistic goals are easier to accomplish. Keep from making excessively difficult goals and ones attained too easily. Detailed goals like losing five pounds or going to the gym two times a week allow for plans to be made. This way you can change your diet and plan on eating lighter dinners every night or you can wake up early on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a yoga class before work. Creating a plan helps meet daily and ultimately larger goals.
Stick to the Plan
Forming new habits can be challenging. That unexpected apple pie may sabotage your diet. Going to the gym becomes a struggle after a long day at work. Challenges happen and faltering is impossible to avoid. It’s imperative to return to the goal as soon as possible. Missing multiple days creates a new habit that keeps you farther fro your goal! The hardest part of realizing these goals is sticking to them.
Reinforcing positive habits makes changing easier. If you want to climb more, reward yourself with a new pair of shoes on your tenth day climbing. If you want to lose weight, buy a cookbook that details tasty meals. Encourage the habits that move you toward your goal. Challenge yourself with your resolution and reward yourself when you succeed.
Whatever your goals may be in the New Year, we’re happy to be a part of the process! Ask the front desk at your local gym about new fitness classes or events at the gym that make fitness fun!