Every January millions of people embark on some sort of New Years resolution only to fall short of success. These goals range from financial management to time management and from fitness to weight loss. People always begin with the best of intentions and the highest level of determination. Then with time reality sets in, will power wanes and you end up right back where you were prior to those new years resolutions.
Want this year to be different? Want to achieve true long lasting success? Then change your approach.
Here are some successful strategies to help you succeed. I’m going to use fitness and weight loss as my platform since that is what we are all about with our adult fitness programs.
Strategy #1 – Understand where you are currently at. If you have not exercised in years then going to the gym 6 days per week for 90 minutes each time is not going to be beneficial and will almost for sure result in failure. Start with a modest approach 2 – 3 days per week in a structured environment or at a moderate pace.
Strategy #2 – Create a schedule for when you will be exercising. Most of us live our lives based on a schedule. We have work schedules, our kids have sports schedules and school schedules and we schedule appointments for doctors visits etc. Yet, most people take exercise on more off a loose schedule. They have an idea of when they plan to workout. The problem with that is without a definite set schedule it is easy to allow things to come up that you justify as more important.
Strategy #3 – Do not start an extreme diet. The average weight gain over the holidays is roughly 9 lbs. So a lot of people are feeling guilty. With that in mind they jump on to whatever popular extreme diet is out there. Just like over doing it with exercise it is easy to over reach with nutritional changes. Unfortunately history shows that when that is done the failure rate is extremely high.
Strategy #4 – Make a list of your goals. Make a list of the Pro’s and Con’s of exercising and eating healthier. Make a list of Pro’s and Con’s of Not exercising and bad nutrition. Identify those things that are important to you. They should be the basis of your motivation. You should have them written out and visible to reenforce them.
Conclusion – you want this to be the year you succeed then follow the strategies. Decide Why you have the goals. Establish how you plan to workout keeping it realistic. Schedule when you will exercise and stick to the schedule. Plan what changes you will make nutritionally that will create positive results.
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