"Weight Loss!" "Eat better!" "Start exercising!" "Quit that bad habit!"
The New Year brings with it many new personal goals, and unfortunately many of these goals are very short-lived.
So, why are we so enthusiastic to set goals at the beginning of every year? Perhaps it is because even though we know that even though the 1st is like every other day, it signifies a brand new start to an entire chapter of your life. Let's take a look at this new chapter of your life and make it a success story, rather than a sad ending! Here are a couple brief "month-to-month" ideas to consider when trying to accomplish your fitness goals.
Think Short-Term, First
The entire year may be too long for a goal that you are unfamiliar with. You may be new to exercising, a new type of training or lifting, so set stepping stones for your goals. Think month-to month. Your body needs to adapt to new training regimens and taking things one step at a time will be worth it.
If you want to lose weight, set a low goal of say- 5 pounds for the month of January. After January, keep things going for February and the months thereafter.
Make Small Goals
Losing weight is still a great example for New Years. So many people that want to lose weight, do great for the first couple weeks and then its over with. The all-or-nothing approach to weight loss or other fitness goals may work for some, but it may be hard to sustain over time if change is not gradually incorporated. Starting with one food item, one drink item or one particular exercise are some good examples of gradually attaining your goals. Instead of drinking that coke or eating those chips, substitute the coke for water and the chips for vegetables or fruit. When February comes around, keep that goal going and incorporate another! You will be amazed at your results!
Think Long-Term to Accomplish Your Short-Term Goals
Long-term goals simply keep our short-term goals alive. You don't work out for one day expecting to lose weight for the next month. Exercising and eating healthy is an important part of an overall healthy life and longevity. Like anything worth obtaining, health is something that takes some patience, some effort and a little bit of time! Making exercise a key part of your life is something that is not only better for you, but your loved ones as well!
Keeping easy month-to-month goals will help you not only see what you have accomplished throughout the entire year, but to establish a strong foundation for healthier living in general. Month-to-month goal keeping and goal resetting helps to prevent any "shock" to your system and helps gradually reign in the challenges that may await you on this upcoming year. So what are you waiting for? Start today- 2016!
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