The 2nd week of January is when most people break their resolutions. This year, I have set general and more specific goals. I want to get stronger: mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. My general fitness goals: run more each week, incorporate a variety of workouts in my routine (keep those muscles guessing) and continue strength training to build more muscle. My specific fitness goals: I want to continue to work on my pull-ups, learn to do push-up variations (hello dreaded clap push-ups!) and master a walking handstand.
Whether you've made fitness goals and broke them already, didn't make them because you didn't think you'd stick to them or are still going strong, here are my tips on staying on track with resolutions:
1. BE SPECIFIC
The goals we sometimes set for ourselves can be quite unrealistic. Lowering your body fat percentage with 30% during the first six months or losing 10 pounds in 2 weeks, for instance. Your body needs time to adapt to the changes in your eating habits and work-out routine. Very ambitious goals sound fun but they’re often quite hard to carry through and might even intimidate you from achieving them. When you find yourself struggling to reach your resolutions during the first month of the year, this can be very demotivating. Don’t focus on the numbers you see on the scale. When you’re working on a healthier version of you, your body will react naturally when it's time to. Keep it up girl!
2. ONE MONTH AT A TIME
A year is a longgg time. Setting goals for the entire year might not work for you. You can try to adjust your new years resolutions each month. For example, you could make a promise to yourself to go to the gym at least 3 times a week during January. If you succeed, you can set up a new goal for February. For example, this month I might choose to focus on incorporating more runs into my weekly workouts. Next month, I might choose to get more yoga sessions to improve my flexibility (which in turn, can help with my runs!).
3. TRACK IT
We're talking progress photos, tracking food intake and workouts, etc. If you ever have a moment when you just want to give up, look back at your photos from when you first started. When you make a progress picture each month, you will see a lot more changes than you would think. In this way you keep track of your successes and it’s great to look back at them when you feel a bit down.
5. TREAT YOURSELF
Treating yourself a little after you’ve achieved your goal is always fun. After all, if you look good, you feel good and you have a good workout...amiright?. HER FITNESS TIP: Don't think of food as a reward. I like to reward myself with a manicure, hair touch-up, new makeup or some cute new fitness gear (Nike of course! 💁🏼).
6. JOIN A CHALLENGE
I think that one of the most important elements to achieving your goals is accountability. Joining a fitness challenge or social media contest to help track your progress is a great way to stay accountable. There are some pretty sweet prizes involved with them too. My current challenge?Nike Chicago's 8-week Better For It Challenge involves doing a weekly featured workout and posting about it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #betterforitCHI and #contest. 8 winners get a full Nike outfit, NIKEiD Air Max AND entry to the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k. Check it out at Nike.com/Chicago.