This time of the year brings crowded gyms and optimism towards this being THE year that a person gets in shape. Sadly most of these resolutions will be out of thought within 1-2 months. How can we ensure that we achieve the desired outcomes? Here are some of my suggestions.
1. Set goals that are measurable, specific, realistic, and have a time deadline. Writing goals out give you a 10 times great chance at success! Plus it is much more fun to look back at your list and see what you have accomplished!
2. Join a group, and tell everyone what you are doing. This is huge! Making that commitment towards yourself and to those in the group increase the success rate exponentially! I believe lack of support is one of the greatest reasons why people fail to reach their goals and fulfill their resolutions! I have tried to solve this problem by creating many different programs to fit everyone’s needs. If you are in Madison and have not tried out Fit Fun Bootcamps I encourage you to do so, you can come for the first week on me, to see if it is the right program for you. If you want follow along DVDs that have a proven track-record of working check out the Fit Moms For Life DVDs and receive the first one free to try out! If you just want a program to strengthen your core and get rid of your lower back problems, check out Got Core. If you are a mom who stays home with the kids and live in the Madison area check out MamaTone Fitness. Or join any other program that is in your community that has had a history of delivering results!
3. Figure out your schedule and make exercise an appointment. Even my busiest CEOs don’t miss a workout by scheduling it in and if something comes up, they say they have a very important appointment that they can’t miss! Find the time that works best into your schedule, when distractions are low and the excuses are fewest.
4. Cut back on the sugar. From a nutrition standpoint, this is the #1 tip I can tell you. I will guarantee weight loss if you just drastically reduce sugar! I will be coming out with a post soon about sugar and how it contributes to fat gain.
5. Look back at past goals that you didn’t achieve and find out what happened to cause you to not achieve the resolution. You need to figure out why it didn’t work before, so that you can have a specific action plan to take when those obstacles arise again, and they will!