resolutionsThere is something magical about the beginning of a new year that fills our hearts with hope. Maybe that’s why millions of people start their year with a list of resolutions that they don’t intend to keep. It is almost as if we are throwing wishes at the Universe, not committing to a goal. We dream big, over promise, and under deliver. By the end of January, we can’t even remember most of the items on the list. However, this year could be different. You just need to follow a few steps:

  1. Ask yourself what you really want to achieve. Fitness examples would be: exercise more, eat better, lose weight, be more active…
  2. Now, discover why this is important to you. Why do you want to improve your eating habits or be more active? What are the feelings behind those actions? This is a crucial step to your success because it will determine your level of commitment and help you keep motivated.
  3. Next, determine how important this goal is to you. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate its importance? If it is a 9 or 10, you are ready to go to the next step, but if it is not, you may want to reflect on why this is not a priority in your life. Maybe, you are not ready for it yet or you are just trying to please someone else. Don’t set yourself up for failure, by committing to something that is not meaningful to you.
  4. Once you know what you want and why, you are ready to create a REALISTIC plan of action. And I mean realistic because, we tend to go overboard on our optimism until we realise that it’s not doable. Also, be specific. For instance, how are you going to be more active? “I will go for a 30-minute walk after dinner, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays”. Notice that this plan is very specific and quite feasible.
  5. Keep track of your progress. This will help you notice small achievements which will get you energized and motivated, especially when times get harder. For example, if your end goal is to lose a considerable amount of weight, it is very likely that it will take a few months to get there. So, take pictures and measurements on a regular basis to see your body transformation and record your training sessions to notice gains in strength and stamina.
  6. Be prepared for lapses. Yes, that’s right. There will be times you won’t feel like going to the gym or your diet will be subpar, but that’s not a reason to give up altogether. Be prepared to forgive small slip-ups and have strategies to get back on track as soon as possible. Keep in mind that consistency is what matters, not perfection.

Now, get pen and paper and start writing down your fitness resolutions for 2015. And if you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact me. I can help you start the year with the right foot.

Carla Torres is an AIF Master Trainer based in Rhodes, NSW. Her mission is to promote exercise, proper nutrition and healthy habits as a way to empower individuals to make decisions leading to better quality of life.