By Karen Rae, Founder of Balanced Life by Karen Rae® and Creator of The Signature Balanced Life Planner®
Fitness-related new year resolutions are nothing new. Many of us have repeatedly written them down, anything from ‘I’m going to lose weight,’ to ‘I’m going to hit the gym four times a week.’ And that’s okay because such resolutions are aimed at getting fit and improving our overall well-being. Fitness resolution should, however, aim at the betterment of our health instead of just our outer appearance. So, if you are serious about making some big fitness changes in the upcoming year, here are some helpful tips:
1. Choose a Fitness Goal
The first place to start is with the goal itself, but it should be realistic and doable. Typically, when it comes to weight loss, anywhere from one to three pounds per week is what you should aim at. If you aim for muscle gain--since it’s a slow and steady process-- you will only gain a few pounds per month. Your fitness goal should also be bound by a deadline and attached to a specific action plan. In fitness, a deadline is important because it keeps you on track with your plan.
2. Set a Timeline
The trick here is in the balance - if you set a deadline that is too far in the future, you’ll risk losing sight of it, but if you set a deadline too close, you may burn yourself out. For most fitness goals, a few months is typically a good length to set a timeline and check in on your goals.
3. Make a Fitness Goal Action Plan
This is the most important part of your fitness goal. One reason why people fail at their fitness goals is that they have a vision of what they want, but they haven’t thought out the steps to get there. While your fitness action plan will change as you go, you should have the fundamental plan laid out. Writing down your goals and action plan will help you stick with the plan in the long run!
4. Stay Injury-Free
This is one of the most important resolutions you should strive to achieve, no matter your fitness level or how willing you are to give it all you’ve got. There is nothing quite as bad as getting sidetracked or even incapacitated just because you were rushing to finish your workout, or you’ve tried something that your body can’t handle too soon. To avoid unnecessary injuries, devote your time to mobility and flexibility workouts to prep your body for the main part of your fitness regime.
Your New Year Fitness resolutions should aim at enhancing being healthy and fit, but you should be determined to stick to them. Remember, a good fitness plan also includes a sensible eating plan, rest days, and knowing when to relax.
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