At some point in life, everyone seems to make some sort of fitness based goals which they wish to stick to, whether this is due to a New Year starting or purely because they don’t like their way of living. Some people who make New Year fitness goals may struggle to achieve these, which results in them giving up easily. Is it wise to start fitness plans within the New Year? You may think, so how do I stick to my goals? Carry on reading to find out how you can create reasonable fitness goals which you can stick to.
My 2017 Goals
Just like last year, I decided to set myself some goals for 2017 which I must try to complete. I was reasonable whilst setting the goals and thought about how possible it would be to complete them. My goals for 2017 are as followed:
. Have less ‘accidental’ cheat days throughout the week
. Improve my powerlifting
. Deadlift 80kg
. Clean and Jerk my bodyweight
. Be myself more often
. Continue updating my blog and fitness Instagram
. Make better and positive choices
. Try new things (food, sports, exercises, workouts)
. Become physically and mentally stronger
. Place under 100th in a 5k race (Bear Grylls survival race)
How to create goals you'll stick to
Before creating the goals, decide how long each goals will take and if you are going to have to sacrifice anything to create your goals. Think to yourself, what am I willing to sacrifice to make my goals reality? This may be time spent working on your goals or certain things such as balancing what you eat.
Next, sum up whether your goals are realistic and possible to reach. Don’t set your goals too high or you may find yourself giving up as progress takes time. Try writing down some short and long term goals, ones which you can complete quickly at first and then head towards the ones which are gradual. But when approaching long term goals, remember not to be impatient as you will have to have a positive approach towards what you want to gain otherwise you may find yourself stumbling backwards.
Now you want to create a plan which you can follow, personally I’d start with which goals you want to achieve the most and least. Then decide on which ones you are going to try and complete first and how you are going to do so. You don’t want to forget about these goals, so I advise surrounding yourself with what you want to achieve. This could be setting reminders on your phone or downloading some fitness related apps, or perhaps going out and buying a healthy recipe book. I personally like to pin notes around my room or on food which I shouldn’t eat. There’s a box of chocolates in my kitchen with a note attached saying ‘Don’t eat any until Saturday or you MUST do 70 burpees. Go eat something healthy instead’ I find this is the best method for me.
To prevent giving up your fitness goals soon, try thinking to yourself what’s going to happen if you give up. Will you feel happy knowing that you’ve failed? At the end of the year will you have accomplishments that you would’ve liked to been able to look back on? I suggest taking smaller steps and planning around your schedule to see what you can fit in. For example, maybe instead of cramming in four gym sessions a week, you could try working out at home by following an online routine and going to the gym once or twice a week instead.
So in order to create goals you’ll stick to, you’ll need to:
. Prepare a plan which is scheduled around your life
. Keep yourself reminded about the goals
. Make small but wise changes, you want your goals to be realistic
. Enjoy what you’re doing by planning ahead
So now that you know how to create goals which you could stick to, how about trying to change your lifestyle and finally get those good results you’ve always wanted. Do you really want a repeat of all those goals you’ve given up?
A 17 year old girl, fitness enthusiast and dedicated Olympic style weightlifter. I'm determined to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of my body whilst influencing other young people to do so. I never doubt my ability to achieve something; I just change what I'm doing until I succeed.