Forgotten what your new year’s resolution was already? Don’t worry, according to research, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so you’re not alone.
So how can you get those health resolutions back on track? It’s not too late to make a start on them now, rather than writing them off until January 2019! Here are Hunter’s top tips on staying motivated with those health-related resolutions you wish you’d never made.
‘Eat healthier’, ‘go running’ or ‘lose some weight’ are resolutions which are easy to let slip, as they’re not SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound). Make SMART, goal-oriented resolutions with a clear end point, such as ‘make packed lunches every day’, ‘run a half marathon’ or ‘lose 1 stone’. You can even break this down into weekly or daily goals, to make it seem much more achievable.
Found your initial goal too hard, or something in your life has changed which has made it less achievable? Adapting those goals to suit your needs better is not a sign of failing, it’s a sure-fire route to success! It’s much better to change a goal to make it more achievable, then to forget it altogether. Try to make your health and exercise goals part of everyday life, rather than something you have to ‘fit in’. Why not try a walk on your lunch break? Or some push ups and sit ups during the ad breaks if you’re choosing a night in front of the telly over hitting the gym?
The more negative you are about giving up on your health and fitness goals, the less motivated you’ll be to get them kick-started again. If you haven’t hit the gym as often as you’d hoped, or social occasions and wintery nights mean that sticking to that diet plan has gone a little off-course, be forgiving on yourself. Sometimes, life gets in the way, and the sooner you accept this and be kinder to yourself, the sooner you’ll be motivated to get back on track. Change in any capacity is likely to cause stress and uncertainty, so if you’ve never exercised before and have decided this is the year to hit the gym three times a week, this is likely to be a little unnerving at first. Take small steps at first to keep any unnecessary stress at bay.
Sometimes it’s hard to stick to goals when the only person we have to answer to is ourselves. Maybe you’ve tried getting back to the gym, but you’re not sure whether what you’re doing is even right for the goals you’d like to achieve. A personal trainer can help provide structure to help you achieve these goals and boost your confidence that what you’re doing is right for you. A good personal trainer will also be qualified in nutrition, so they can give you advice in this area too. It’s amazing how many things we generally consider ‘healthy’ which in fact aren’t providing our bodies with the nutrition they need to achieve our health and fitness goals.
Can’t afford a personal trainer, gym or slimming club membership? There’s so much free help and advice out there now, you don’t always need a professional to reach your goals. YouTube is a great place to start for fitness videos, to get your workouts in at home for free. The My Fitness Pal app is also a great way to work out how many calories you should be consuming each day to reach your goals, and it’s also absolutely free. There are thousands of reliable health and fitness websites, blogs and social media pages out there now - a Google search will always return millions of results for any health-related topic you’re looking for guidance on.
So, what are you waiting for? Forget January and February, March is the perfect time for new year’s resolutions - the Christmas chocolate has (finally) gone, pancake day is over and Spring is within touching distance - time to make a real start and make 2018 your healthiest year yet!