Have you started thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get in better shape. This is also one of the most difficult behaviors to commit to, as it requires you to make significant lifestyle changes. Here are some tips that will help you make those lifestyle changes easier:
Planning ahead can improve your chances of successfully committing to these lifestyle changes. Scheduling time into your day to exercise can help with the transition to a healthier lifestyle and help you stay motivated.
Establish S.M.A.R.T. fitness goals. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time based. Write your goals down, keep them with you at all times, and read them twice a day.
Find your ‘why’. Your ‘why’ is your motivation and your momentum to keep you going when life throws curve balls your way. It is not always going to be smooth sailing, but knowing your ‘why’ will help you sail through the rough seas and avoid sinking your ship.
Hold yourself accountable to someone you trust and who will support you during this lifestyle change. This person can be a family member, friend or co-worker.
Seek professional help if you are not sure where to begin or if you want a change in your current exercise routine. Hiring a Certified Personal Trainer can help you decrease your risk of injury, hold you accountable, and give you the tools to help you successfully achieve your fitness goals for your New Year’s resolutions. Now is the time to prepare for January 1st!
Carina is a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer and AFLCA Resistance Training Specialist