I am sitting on my couch after I just ate 2 slices of pizza. Immediately I think to myself, “It’s ok…I will go to the gym tomorrow morning before work and I won’t eat carbs all day tomorrow to make up for it.”
Realistically, I will have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to go for that run in order to make it to work on time for my 8:30 AM meetings…and, let’s be serious, there is no WAY I am getting up that early. Here are a few tips on how to go about setting achievable goals for your New Years resolutions.
To help with your success rate when setting your goals for your new years resolutions be "SMART":
- Specific: Set a specific fitness goal – Ex: I will attend 5 cycling classes in January
- Measurable: The description of the fitness goal will allow you to track your progress toward completion. By giving yourself a finite number of classes to attend, it’s very easy to track attendance. To take your tracking a step further, most cycling studios have you create profiles on their websites and they track your progress for you! Makes it even easier to measure your success!
- Attainable: The goal should be achievable given available resources. Do you have an indoor cycling studio or gym near you that offers these types of classes? Do they have classes that fit your ability level and availability? Can you afford to pay for 5 indoor cycling classes?
- Realistic: The goal should be challenging, but allow for success based on your skills and time available. If your job is demanding and you’re unsure what time you will be getting out of work, are you realistically going to make it to 5 spinning classes after work? Timing is everything. Did you plan for the time it will take to drive to the gym in the snow storm that's more than likely going to happen? Most likely, not. (If you did - it's because you hired these guys for your snow removal service). Sign up for a class time that you can realistically make.
- Timely: The goal should state the specific time period in which it will be accomplished. Ex: I will attend 15 cycling classes by March 1st. Set up check-ins for yourself every 2 weeks to see where you stand. This will help make the goal less overwhelming
I would love to hear about some of the New Years Resolutions you have set!
ways you have seen success in your New Years resolutions. Leave me a comment and tell me your success stories!