Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Sticking to your goals...

Each year thousands of people resolve to get in shape, or lose weight, only to end up giving up after a few months. To help you stick to this year’s resolution, try following my simple tips below.

Set Goals – Figure out what it is you want to achieve then write it down and keep it visible at home and at work. Make sure that the goals you set are specific and realistic as too many people aim too high or too wide and then lose motivation when they miss the target. Remember, you can always set new goals once you have achieved something.

Start slowly – If you haven’t been exercising for the past year (or even longer) then you need to get back into it gradually. Going to the gym every single day of the week and working out for two hours may be well intended but it is going to be virtually impossible to sustain and worse still, it’s likely to cause you injury and exhaustion. Progress your exercise as you go, and build up gradually to give the body time to adjust to new things.

Make a plan – You have probably heard that failing to plan is planning to fail? This is certainly true when it comes to exercise. But it doesn’t have to be rocket science. Simply planning when you are going to do your exercise during the oncoming week can avoid it from being left out of your busy life. Also, make a plan for what you are going to do, whether it is at the gym, outside, or just at home, write down what the plan for the workout is and stick to it. This way you’ll be able to keep a record of what you do and progress it as you go.

Find something you enjoy – You are far more likely to keep things up if they are fun to do. So, if you really don’t enjoy running on a treadmill at the gym, then run outside, or don’t run at all. Exercising should not be a chore, it should be rewarding and fulfilling. So to keep it going, find an activity that appeals to you or that is a new experience and go for it.

Reward yourself – We all need something to aim for when we are training. If you achieve what you set out to do then recognise that by rewarding yourself. For example, if you are still going to the gym after three months, then how about treating yourself to a spa day or a new outfit?

Get some help – You are not alone, plenty of people are starting to exercise every day and there are many different ways you can get support. Whether it means hiring a personal trainer, or just going swimming with a friend, it is a lot easier with someone else to keep you going.

Remember, whatever you do to stay healthy, have fun and good luck for 2007.

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