Are You Serious About Your Resolution?

Tis the season. New Year’s Eve we set our intentions to make improvements in our lives for the next year. Our resolution to become healthier, happier, more prosperous human beings. Although this is something that comes every year, do you really take time to plan for these changes? Do you create a solid, step by step approach to reaching these goals and making sure they are long-term? In the fitness industry it is common to see a big push in January. It can be almost impossible to get a free cardio machine until about the end of February, then all the sudden the crowd has disbursed. The goal of losing weight and getting fit didn’t come in two months time so people have gone back to their previous routine. Regardless of the resolution, this is often the way it goes, full commitment for a couple of months, then its forgotten. Is this gonna be you this year? Or are you going to make a permanent, positive change?

We have all heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals and probably most of us have used this method for school, work or personal reasons. Why not revisit this plan for your new 2015 resolution? Whatever your goal may be, in order to succeed you must be specific with what it is you wish to accomplish. For example if your goal is to improve your health, what exactly do you expect to change? Lose weight, lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, or quit smoking? Once you have determine what needs improvement you must then put the numbers down. If you intend to lose weight, how much? Where would you like to see your cholesterol or blood pressure? What day do you intend to quit smoking? Be S. (specific) and M. (measurable) with your goals. Now that you have given those aspects some thought, be sure that the parameters are A. (attainable). R.(realistic) goals are perhaps the most important, because you can set a goal that is specific, measurable, and attainable, but if it’s not realistic to your personality, it’s probably not gonna work. The last piece to the goal setting process is to make sure your goals are T.(time based). Sometimes if you are looking to make some big changes it is best to create small goals to help you reach your eventual goal. For example, if your goal is to shed 6% body fat, but you’re not currently doing any strength training, set a goal to go to the gym two times a week for the next two weeks to follow a strength training program ,and choose a small nutrition change such as giving up sugar for those two weeks as well. Once you reach the initial goal, sit down and reevaluate your success and set a new S.M.A.R.T goal to get you to the next level. Continue in this manner until you have reached your ultimate goal.

Celebrate your successes! Make sure that you allow yourself a reward for all your hard work. However, be sure the reward does not sabotage your goal. For example, if your goal is weight loss, do not treat yourself to dinner out when you are successful with your short-term goals. Perhaps a day of skiing, a massage, time to read a good book or shop for a new article of clothing.

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