New Year’s resolutions always have good intentions, the New Year is about a fresh start, whether in the form of personal, wellness or health related changes - it feels like you can press restart on your life at the beginning of the year.
For many people, Health and wellness tops the list for new goals! Making weight loss and dietary changes usually start with strong intentions of “slimming down” and “getting fit” but the intentions often fade slowly once the hard work starts. Here are a few tips to achieve long term success when setting up your goals for the New Year.
Photo credit: @juliehavelund. Acroyoga workshop 16th February
We make mistakes right at the start with simple goals like "I am going to join the gym." Goals like this are do-able but it doesn't define what it is you actually want and how you will go about it. Changing your goal to “I am going to go to the gym at least twice a week” explains what it is you want to do and makes you more accountable for the specific actions. It may not seem like much but it is easier to achieve a goal if you specify the small actions you need to do to get there. You can always improve on your goals as you start to see the changes you want. (Another great way to get clear on goals is to make a vision board! Check out our workshop on the 19th of January!)
Many of us create extreme goals that can be forgotten by the end of the first month. Many people have several goals and unfortunately don’t keep them. To achieve your goals, start off with something you can include into your life quite easily to increase your chances of succeeding. If your goal was centered on healthy eating or eliminating certain types of foods, start by looking for an easy meal plan that you know you can stick to.
Making smaller goals will give you room to set up bigger goals along the way. Once you have achieved a goal, you can make another one! Smaller goals are quicker to achieve which will make you feel more successful, and keep you positive. Positivity is key when working towards a goal. Adopting small changes to accomplish large goals usually works out better in the long run. Remember that any positive change, albeit large or small, is a change in the right direction and will help you reach your overall health goals.
Let's assume one of your goals is to improve fitness and maybe lose weight. That's a great resolution, because you want to improve the quality of your health. Doing a workout may be the new goal that you set for yourself but keeping to a strict workout schedule can be tough to keep up! A variety of factors can easily throw you off and can change your workout routine just as soon as you get into a good workout groove. If you miss a day or two it's not the end of the world, pick yourself up and keep going! Consistency is everything in achieving your goals.
When you share your goals with others, especially if they're motivated, driven people who have goals of their own, you increase your rate of success. In the case with your goal to have an outstanding quality of health and fitness, choosing to buddy up with accountability partners who are also passionate about optimal health and fitness would be a great way to start. Don’t have a buddy? Then make friends with the class instructor and get them to keep you accountable for not turning up! Book your Yoga class today
Struggling to pick a new year’s resolution? Why not include some daily stress relief into your routine, it can do wonders for your overall health and improve fitness at the same time. Sign up for a Yoga or Pilates class today to start to balance the stress that comes with everyday life!