Here are 4 golden nuggets I will share with you. These are the 4 things you can do to actually have a fighting chance at making 2021’s fitness goals a reality.
–Find a great coach- Would you try and build your home with no professional instruction or guidance. How about learn a new language? Cook a 5 star meal? Learning how to exercise and train properly is no different. It is not an inherent skill we are born with. Find someone who has spent their life learning how to do these things, and someone who can effectively coach you on how to do them! It will speed up the learning curve dramatically, produce better results, and help keep you moving forward while minimizing your risk of injury and setback.
Another thing a great coach will implement is a systemic approach to accomplish your goals. Our bodies are designed in a certain way. We consume, burn and store energy in a certain way, and respond to different levels of stimulus and repair our cells in certain ways. These systems are very well researched and are guiding principles for proper programming and progression in the exercise world. This is a valuable skill set. This is only one example of the why having a great coach is so important to making a New Years resolution a lasting change. Leverage the skill set of a great coach to give yourself the best chance at success!
–Commit- Getting in shape means different things to different people, but I think we all agree that it is hard, no matter what your goals are. Realize that it will take a firm commitment if you are to indeed reach your goals. Strategies to improve your level of commitment include: writing down your goals and displaying where you will view them often (daily, hourly is even better). Tying your commitment to a financial incentive (this is heavily dependent on the type of person you are/ how much you value money). Tying your commitment to a health related outcome (being able to participate in the family hike, having no reservations about the summer beach trip, or pushing back father time are all admirable goals).
–Communicate- 2 points on this. Communicate with your personal circle & communicate with your fitness pro.
*communication with your personal circle is huge. This is your spouse, kids, parents, friends, co workers, pretty much anyone you see on a daily basis. These people will either make or break your fitness experience. Even the most dedicated clients only see their coaches for a few hours a week, but the people in your personal circle influence your behavior on a daily basis! Communicating with them your goals and reasons for change are very important. You will need to get these people on board in a major way if you want to give yourself the best chance at making those New Years resolutions stick!
If you and your spouse are not on the same page about New Years resolutions, that’s ok, but please communicate with each other what is acceptable and what isn’t. Your fitness and diet goals shouldn’t be undermined by your spouse, and trust me, I have seen this happen many times (not pretty!)
Example: If weight loss and health are goals, please get on the same page about when and how often pizza is on the menu!
*communication with your fitness pro. Before you begin your fitness journey, any good fitness pro should ask what your goals are. This starts a dialogue that should continue throughout your time spent together… It should be revisited and amended occasionally. These types of conversations are great tools to use to remind us of why we started this in the first place. They are often very recharging and refocusing conversations and can be the difference between a client that fizzles out, or the rare client that reaches their goals, and makes the New Years resolution stick!
–Proper mindset- The most important workouts will be the ones that come in late January and February, the dog days of winter. This is when shiny glamorous new years resolution motivation runs out and all that is left is just plain old hard work, and usually involves some pretty cold, nasty and dark brooding weather. This is when your commitment will truly be tested. This is where about 90% of people fail. This is the make or break season.
We can combat this with the right mindset, knowing what challenges will be waiting for us as we dive deeper into the winter abyss. We need to give ourselves the best chance by creating support networks, having a coach and/ or friends hold us accountable, and prominently display our goals and why we are doing this!
Fitness, weight loss, strength gain, whatever your goals may be, they are admirable and worth working for. It is a truly amazing feeling when you are confident in your own skin, and there is nothing physically holding you back from living the best life you possibly can… the life you dream about.
The journey is long and the road is full of obstacles, but with these 4 nuggets of insider information, you will have the best chance at making your New Years Resolutions stick!
Work Smarter ,not harder