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How to Make a Reasonable New Year’s Resolution

Dec 23, 2015

2016 goalsAs you're planning for next year, you are most likely thinking of a New Year’s Resolution. The thought of resolution is a common theme at this juncture of the year, with some of the most common resolutions focused on getting in shape or losing weight. We’ve all probably had one of these resolutions, but how many times do you achieve your resolutions? If you have trouble, here are some tips to accomplish your fitness New Year’s Resolution.

Make a Measurable Goal

When it comes to making a New Year’s Resolution we so often make them vague and generic with no real finish line. We say, “I want to lose weight.” or “I want to get fit.” These resolutions are generic; try adding an exact number or measurable goal to your resolution. Try saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds this year.” or “I want to exercise consistently three times a week each week.” If you add a measurable goal, you have a target to reach. This will be more motivating, and you’ll be more likely to make your resolution a reality.

Set Short-Term Goals

Setting short-term goals along with your resolution is important. These goals can be check-in points. This will give you the opportunity to assess where you’re at with your resolution. If you’ve lost five pounds half way, then you’re on track. If you achieve these short goals, you’ll be more motivated to achieve your bigger resolution.

Reward Yourself Along the Way

It’s important to give yourself a pat on the back as you meet small goals on your resolution journey. Knowing that you have made progress on your resolution will help you keep going and push through on your fitness goals.

Don’t Obsess

You should keep your eye on your goal and pay attention to your progress, but don’t let it consume your life. If your goal is to lose weight, don’t step on the scale every day. You won’t see the results you’re looking for and this could upset you and derail your resolution.

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit or lose weight, a personal trainer from Fitness Together® can help you achieve your goals. Your trainer will design a personalized workout routine to fit your ability and your goals. Get started today, find a trainer at www.fitnesstogether.com.