Start 2021 The Right Way With Your New And Improved Fitness Regime
Steps To Achieve Your Health and Fitness Resolutions
The new year is a great time to make changes to your life, and improving your health and fitness is likely to be on your list of resolutions, but you may not be sure where to begin. Don’t worry, CrazyShred Fitness is here to help!
Creating health and fitness goals for the year ahead is one way to give yourself direction and motivation and set yourself up for success.
Goals should inspire you to take action — so grab a pen and let’s get started.
1. Pen & Paper
Yes – use a pen, that old fashioned thing with ink in it. Typing out your goals on your phone, tablet or computer is not as good. Studies generally show that writing notes by hand allows you to remember the material better than by typing it. You can type them up later, but when you’re working on your goals initially, its best to go with pen and paper.
2. Clearly Define Your Goals
It is easier to know if you have achieved your goal if it is clearly defined. So for example just saying “I want to get fit” is not specific enough. What do you define as fit? How will you be able to tell when you are fit? When setting a goal, it can help to think about the 'who, what, when, where, why, and how'.
3. Make Your Goals Measurable
Setting yourself a benchmark to reach is useful so that you know that you have indeed achieved the desired result. An example of measurable fitness goal is:
I’m going to exercise at my local fitness studio* for 25 minutes, 3 times a week on Monday and Wednesday night at 7:30 and on a Saturday morning at 9am.
*Or at home using CrazyShred Fitness's awesome fitness equipment. Check our the range HERE
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4. Make Your Goals Achievable
If you have not exercised in a while, then deciding to run a marathon or climb Everest is not a great idea. Be honest about your current ability and look to improve at an achievable pace. If you try and do too much, too soon you can burn yourself out or possibly even injure yourself. Your body is amazing, but it needs time to adapt and strengthen.
Slow and steady wins the race.
5. Your Goals Should Be Relevant To You
Maybe you want to become fitter because you want the energy to play with your kids or grandkids this summer. Maybe you are trying to recover from an injury and want to regain your strength or perhaps you feel that your weight has become a health issue and needs to be addressed.
Whatever your reasons, write them down and then think of a way to reach your goals that work for you personally. For example, think about what you enjoy and what has or has not worked for you in the past. Not everyone enjoys running or lifting weights or swimming, many people find gyms intimidating, but there is a health and fitness solution out there that will work you. Working From Home (WFM) is the new gym!
6. Goals Should Be Time Specific
You want to have set dates by which time you will achieve your goals.
so for example you might want to lose a set amount of weight by 1st July when you go on holiday. Whatever the dates are, make them realistic. This also means setting a start time as well as a deadline. 1st January is not always the best day to start as many of us enjoy a small glass of wine to celebrate the new year coming in and we’re still finishing of the selection boxes and mince pies!
7. Regularly Reassess Your Progress
If you find that you are not achieving your goals, then perhaps it’s because they are not achievable for you right now. Don’t give up!
If you can’t lose 2lbs a week aim for 2lbs per month. If you can’t run 5k in 3 months do it in 6 months. If you can’t train 3 times a week do 2 times a week instead.
The main idea here is to make progress. As you do it will get easier and you will find that you are then able to create new goals which challenge you further.
8. Ask For Help
It can be difficult to achieve anything in life on your own.
If you don’t know much about health and fitness, then seeking the advice of someone who does is a good idea. It can also be great fun to workout in small groups and with your friends and family. Small group training has a lot of benefits such as increased motivation, support, preservation and enjoyment.
9. Be Accountable
Scheduling yourself for a workout at your local studio, at a place and time where others expect you to be there, can be a major motivator for you. No matter how tempting it may be, you won’t want to skip out on a training session when you know other people will be there working out without you and waiting for you to show up.
Importantly, you will also provide accountability for others. The other group members will show up week after week because they know you will be there working your hardest, no matter what!