It’s 2:00PM on January 1st and you are all gungho and ready to get started on your New Year resolutions. You’re ready to get a gym membership or buy workout videos, you’re ready to refresh your diet and start eating better… for now. But, how often do you actually stick to those resolutions? What is it that’s going to make this year different?
Let’s talk about it!
How to Make Realistic New Year Resolutions
- The first step is to decide on resolutions that are actually doable. It’s great to want to lose 100 pounds, but is that realistic in one year? You have to give yourself room for error. A year is a long time and so many things can happen that will completely derail you. Remember that when coming up with your resolutions and give yourself room/time to make those errors.
- Now narrow down your resolutions to just two. Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to do a million things. What is most important to you? What do you want the most? If you are working on too many things, you will give up. If you focus on just two things the entire year, you can take the time to master those things and actually follow through.
- Before you jump in, sit down and actually plan how you are going to get there. You may sit down and have no idea what you’re doing, so add research to your planning. It’s better to spend sometime doing research than to jump in, not knowing what you’re doing, and then never seeing results. Plan, plan, plan! As a matter of fact, here’s a free printable to help you plan your fitness resolution.I personally use the Simply Fit Planner to set my fitness goals, make my plans and track my journey the entire year. It’s pretty amazing and really helps me stay on track. It also gives me something to look back on when I’m not seeing results, so that I can tweak my plan to see better results.
- Once you have a plan, stick it out! Consistency and discipline are never easy, but it is what will get you the results you crave.
Ideas for Realistic New Year Fitness Resolutions
- If you are looking to lose weight, think in terms of losing 1-2 pounds per week for the year. For example, if you are consistent the entire year, losing 52 pounds by the end of the year is completely realistic.
- Find 30 minutes a day for exercise or find 3 days a week to exercise for an hour.
- Love your body! Be proud of every small step you take and learn to practice self love.
- Stay hydrated. Start drinking at least half of your body weight in water, daily. So if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces of water a day.
- Start meal planning once a week. Meal planning will save you both money and time, and it will keep you on track to reach your fitness goals. Meal planning doesn’t mean you have to meal prep, it just means sitting down and planning what you are going to make for the week.