Achieving Your Fitness Goals
Achieving your fitness goals in the new year
Every year at the start of the new year, there is a large influx of the population that end up signing up to their local gym to begin their ‘new year new me’ attitude and achieve their fitness goals. How often do we see these people have a good January but then fizzle out over the next few months? We want to help you change that. Rather than using the term “New year’s resolution”, we want you to perceive it as a “New year’s evolution”. Instead of trying to resolve any issues that you think you need to address, we are looking to help you evolve your lifestyle for the better. This blog today is going to tell you about how to achieve your fitness goals for the long term. So, we start by asking you this question, what do you actually want to achieve?
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Goal Setting to achieve your fitness goals
The first thing we must look at is what is the end/overall goal, what do we want to achieve from these lifestyle changes we plan to implement. Now, initially, it is best not to list too many goals as this is like spinning too many plates at one time and this can actually have a negative impact and make it harder to conquer your goals. Be specific in what you want to achieve. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to measure your success. Measuring your progress provides you with objective data that will reflect your progress towards the goal, allowing you to refine or re-evaluate the goal if necessary, to ensure you continue moving in the right direction.
Often, our long-term goals are quite daunting and difficult to achieve especially, because of the time it may require. This increases the need for smaller, more attainable micro goals along the way. Think of baseball, the hitter must run by and touch all four bases on the way around the pitch in order to get a home run for their team. If you consider each base a micro goal with the final base being the overall goal, this mentality is going to get better adherence to the whole process, ensuring you achieve it. In addition to this, time constraints are another factor to account for. Setting achievement dates for the micro goals can help create accountability towards the process of achieving the overall goal. However, it is important that you do not get hung up on them as very often we look at where we should be and not where we have come from and if we are to be successful, we must flip this perspective. Finally, once everything has been formulated, review it, really look at each aspect and ask “Do I really think I can achieve this?” If not, then make some adjustments.
The Process to achieve your fitness goals
As coaches the most important thing we look to get from our clients is buy-in. This is when the client believes in the coach, the programming and themselves and this is such a powerful place to be. A lot of the reasons why new year’s revolutions fail is because of a lack of buy-in for the whole process and this can occur for many reasons. So, it’s time for a reality check. Below we have suggested why most changes that are made by people are only sustained for a very short period of time.
The first reason is drastic lifestyle changes. How many times do people go from one extreme to the other? Going from eating an ‘unhealthy’ diet to suddenly flipping to the extreme other side and implementing a ‘healthy’ diet or going from never training in a gym to suddenly going 4x a week? It’s crazy! Think of it this way…if you have eight exams spread across a month, are you going to study for every single one of them at the same time? Or are you going to create a structure to eek as much information as possible from each topic? We know which one we’d prefer. Be sensible and DON’T BE DRASTIC. Time is your friend so use it wisely to help you get the results that you want.
Following on from this, adherence also often falters due to a lack of enjoyment in the process. Sticking to a diet that you really don’t like because apparently it is ‘good for you’ or undertaking a new training program that is killer for burning fat but you hate every damn second. Why do it? There are countless diets and training regimes out there all saying they are the best, why not pick one that you would enjoy doing and is manageable for you? There is no magic diet or training regime that will get you what you want. This unfortunately, comes from a lack of understanding. Unless you can understand why you are doing the things the internet preaches for you to do, you should not do it. We will make it simple for you:
- Eat food you like. If you want to lose weight, eat less calories than you burn and vice versa if you want to gain weight.
- Pick a training modality that you enjoy, if you like Crossfit do it, if you like steady state cardio, do it. Have fun.
- Learn the entire way, listen to the knowledge of others but be critical of it. Don’t form your own opinions based on other people’s opinions.
- Progression is not linear. There are roadblocks all the time but each one has a lesson as to why it happened. Adapt from this lesson to make process better going forward.
We hope you found this blog useful, and that you can use the information highlighted above to help you evolve your lifestyle by setting goals, monitoring these goals and implementing these changes. When implementing these pointers, please remember, do not be drastic and have fun through the process.