It’s no easy feat keeping your New Year’s health and fitness goals going strong. It’s not uncommon to go all-in during the first few weeks and then slowly find yourself tapering off from that full-blown enthusiasm. Even if that’s currently you, feeling a bit less than motivated to hit the weights or to stick to your healthy food regimen, hope is not all lost in reaching your goals with these few easy tips;
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE
Visualizing that you’re already where you want to be in your goals is a great mental tool that many elite athletes use to reach success. You can do the same thing. Picture yourself doing a pull-up, running a marathon, 100 burpees, or whatever your current goal is. When you set your sight on doing those things, you’re getting your mindset ready for success.
MAKE YOUR GOALS ACHIEVABLE
The only thing that you will gain with a short-term, extreme goal is disappointment. Aiming for lofty goals in a rapid amount of time is a recipe for disaster. Rushing the process of weight loss with extreme dieting or running a marathon when you’ve never even run a 5k can cause both short and long-term health problems including gaining back the weight and injury to your muscles and joints.
Besides, the feeling of accomplishment is so much greater when you can do something that you have been dreaming about for a long time- that’s what keeps you pumped and makes you keep putting in hard work. Slow and steady wins the race!
CELEBRATE THE PROCESS NOT JUST THE FINISH
Even if you’re aiming for a specific number on the scale or for that perfect form pistol squat reward yourself along the way. Remember where you started and even if you haven’t YET reached that winning number you’re already that much closer to your goal.
REMEMBER YOU’RE A ROLE MODEL
Whether it’s your kids or your best friend watching you achieve your goals remember that they ARE watching. You may not realize it but, while you are off crushing your goals, those around you are also benefiting from your actions. Your kids are learning from your healthy, determined, go-get-em lifestyle and your best friend may even just join you during your next gym session. It’s an all around win win!
PLAN IT OUT
While aiming for those achievable goals, keep yourself on track by creating (ahead of time) a doable routine; scheduling time for your workouts with your trainer, planning out your weekly menu, and spending a few minutes before the start of the week organizing your goals is a sure fire way to set yourself up for success. You’ll go into the new week with a clear and organized schedule, less stress, less likely of missing a workout, and more time to focus on the other important things like family and a good night’s sleep!
GET YOURSELF A PERSONAL TRAINER
There’s no better way to be successful in your fitness goals than with a trainer. That’s what they do! They are there to keep you accountable, provide an exercise and nutrition plan designed around your goals, and keep you motivated through it all. At B5 we have, over the years, created a community that strives to support one another and each other’s fitness goals. Our trainers love what they do in turn making for a clean, safe, and happy environment to be a part of.
REMEMBER ALL OF THE REASONS WHY YOU STARTED
It’s easy to lose sight along the way of why you began this journey in the first place. No matter your end goal(s) you will achieve so much through the process; a healthier immune system, a better outlook and positive mindset, weight loss and muscle gain, improved heart health, being a part of a community (if you’re at B5 of course!), and the ability to do so much more than you realized you were capable of.