With the new year almost here, it’s time to start thinking of resolutions that you want to conquer in 2020. For many, this will include some sort of health and fitness goals, whether it be losing weight, gaining muscle, or living an overall healthier lifestyle. Although you may have had similar resolutions in the past, it’s a new decade, and this will be your year! When setting your resolutions, it’s important to make them attainable, realistic, and set timelines. We have some tips to help you set resolutions and actually stick to them this year! That way, this time next year when you look back, you can successfully and proudly say, that you have achieved your goals.
Acknowledge What Needs to Change
The first step in changing any “problem” is recognizing that something needs to change. Identifying what exactly needs to change, and admitting it to yourself is key. This will help you to fully believe in your resolution and commit to changing the problem. For example, maybe you exercise regularly, but your diet is very unhealthy, which is causing you to not see any results. Although no one wants to think of their habits as “bad”, admitting that a change is necessary is a vital step in the process. If you’re unsure of whether you really need to change, it’s going to be even harder to break the old habits. You’ll be very easily convinced of grabbing fast food for lunch and slipping into your old ways. If you acknowledge that it is an issue, you’ll be more motivated to change.
Write out Short and Long-Term Goals
One of the main reasons that people fail at their resolutions is that they set goals that seem so large that they become unattainable. For example, if you’re overweight and your goal is to lose 50 pounds, it’s not going to happen overnight, and you can’t expect it to. People often become discouraged if they don’t get results quickly. That’s why it’s crucial to write out your goals, with both a short-term and long-term plan. Write down your workouts and meals for the week, and set a timeline for yourself of where you should be at with your weight from month to month. A personal trainer will be able to help you do this, as they see many clients on a regular basis with similar goals, and will create a realistic plan and timeline for you to follow!
Determine Your Why
Any resolution or goal worth tackling has to come from a genuine place that you can use as your “why.” Developing your why, and keeping that in mind every step of the way will be key. This is what will keep you motivated even on days that you may not be physically motivated; It’s mind over matter. For example, if you want to lose weight, why? Is it because you want to be able to live a healthy life that’ll allow you to be an active lifestyle for longer? Or because you want to feel confident in your clothing? Whatever it is, it should be personal to you, and motivate you to really achieve that common goal.
Work With a Personal Trainer in Boston
Once you’ve set your goals, hiring a personal trainer to guide you can a big difference! If you’re ready to make your fitness resolutions finally stick in 2020, our certified personal trainers at Back Bay Fit are here to help! Fill out an online form or give us a call today to get started.