Happy New Year! I’m excited for all that 2015 will bring – I have tons of exciting things planned, and my race schedule is coming together. I’ll have to post about the awesomeness that will be 2015 in the coming weeks. Our fabulous Friday Five linkups will continue this year – in fact today I’m meeting my two co-hosts Courtney and Mar to be “ladies who lunch”. We’re going to dine in Georgetown while pinning down some Friday Five topics for upcoming weeks. If you have any ideas for themes please shoot me a Tweet, FB post, comment below, or email!
Today’s theme is Blogging or Fitness Resolutions & Goals, and I’m doing something a little bit different. After my post this week about Finding Your Passion and my recap of 2014 fitness goals, I’ve been thinking a lot. And instead of telling you my fitness goals and resolutions, I’m going to do a little musing on HOW we can stick to whatever goals we make and list Five Ways to Stick to Your Fitness Goals. Or your Fitness Resolutions – whatever you’re calling them.
So you’ve made some fitness goals, you’ve set your New Year’s Resolutions. But now what?
How do you make them a reality?
1. Be specific. Set specific, measurable goals – not just vague intentions such as “get in better shape”. Think about what I said on Wednesday – figure out who you want to be, then what it would take to get there.
2. Write them down. Writing down your goals and resolutions is like signing on the dotted line – you’re more likely to feel committed than if you just think them. Write them on a piece of paper, stick them on a bulletin board or post them to your refrigerator. Or, if you’re as obsessed with your cell phone as I am, keep them on a note on your phone so that you can refer to them and stay inspired no matter where you are.
3. Schedule your workouts. Yes, I have a daily 6:00am alarm set for my workout. You can also schedule a recurring appointment for workouts on a calendar. I have my weekly Pilates class and my Masters Swimming as recurring appointments in Google calendar, and also schedule other workouts into a “Training” calendar that’s layered with my other calendars. They’re scheduled appointments. I’m more likely to do it if it’s on the calendar.
4. Track your progress. Whether it’s by pen and paper, a high-tech watch with downloadable data, or a website where you manually enter your workouts, having a way to log and analyze your progress can motivate you and keep you headed forward. Are you focused on weight loss and portion control? There are apps and websites where you can track your food intake. Are you focused on activity level and training goals? There are websites and apps for that too!
5. Join a group. Running clubs, triathlon groups, gym classes training programs, fun runs held by running stores – there are tons of ways to find others to run or work out with. Having others to motivate you can help you stick to your fitness goals. Can’t join a group in person? Join an online community for running, triathlon, cross fit, weight loss, or whatever area your goals are related to and connect with others to stay inspired and motivated.
And while we’re on the topic of goals, please join me on Tuesday for the monthly Tri Talk Tuesday linkup – the theme is Resolutions & Goals so this will all tie together!
Oh and hey – I have a post I really liked last year at this time – Five Fitness Ways to Pay it Forward in 2014. Please check it out and continue to give back and do things for others in 2015!
Tell me in the comments about something fitness/health related that you did in 2014 that wasn’t for YOURSELF this year! Did you encourage a new runner? Volunteer at a race? Race for charity?