According to a recent poll – four of the five most popular New Years Resolutions relate to people’s health. It can be tempting to set some lofty goals – but there’s a difference between big goals and good goals.
With that in mind, we’ve put together some ideas on how to come up with realistic goals, how to stick to them, and ultimately how to take control of your health!
Most people have set a goal for the new year in the past, and then failed. Why is that? The most common reason is that wanted to change things too quickly, too drastically, or with no knowledge of what they were doing. Stick to your goals by researching what you want to achieve, and how to achieve it. If an expert tells you it’ll take at least a few months to train for a marathon – don’t expect to be Mo Farah by the end of week one!
There’s a reason you were taught to always plan our a project at school before tackling it head on. Having a plan gives you a structure and timetable to work towards which is hugely important in sticking to this goal of yours. whether it be planning meals, fitness classes, or anything else you want to work on – a plan is essential to get the most out of your time and turn this change into a bonafide habit.
Life is unpredictable. Things crop up all the time – short-notice events, illness, you name it. You can’t change this, so instead work intelligently around it. If you have to miss the gym one day for whatever reason, just go the next. If you go for dinner with friends and eat over your diet – that’s ok, tomorrow is another day. Your plan is important – but if it begins to feels like a punishment you’ll never find the motivation to stick to it.
It’s just not a great idea to starve your body of the nutrients it needs, ever. Weight loss is a classic New Year’s resolution – and crash dieting can seem tempting after gorging over the festive period. The consequences of this kind of behaviour can however derail your progress before you’ve begun. Poor nutrition can affect almost everything about your health – expect fatigue, reduced mood, sleep issues, even hair loss in extreme cases. A better solution is to find a diet that isn’t based around a gimmick – simply healthy portions of nutritious food delivered to your body consistently is more than enough for most people to see positive results over time.
Over do it:
“OK, this year I’m going to get fit by going to the gym every day!“. It’s just not realistic – not only that; it’s dangerous. Especially for people new to the gym or returning after a break – this strategy increases the risk of fatigue and injury. Sounds like a great way to waste your New year motivation if you ask us. Instead – talk to a professional about a proper training plan. Many gyms will talk your through a proper, sustainable plan when you join. Listen to your body, take it easy, and reap the benefits later. Slow and steady wins the race!
This is the big one. The mistake that catches out even the best of us. Rome wasn’t built in a day – expecting results just two or three weeks into a year long plan seems insane on paper, but we all do it. Now the best way to get around this is to try to make this new change a habit in your life. It takes about a month to form a new habit which is longer than most peoples attention spans. Some tricks to stick to it however include:
- Attaching it to a current habit – “When I leave work I’ll go to the gym”
- Plan out that first month in advance so you can stick to a rough schedule!
- Tell other people your plan – you’re more likely to stick to something if you’re being observed!
For those pursuing fitness based goals – check out the MagnaPass timetable for a host of great classes run by professionals who can help you with your goals every step of the way!