Friday, January 10, 2014

Tips for Setting Realistic Fitness Goals in 2014

Hey everyone, I hope you're having a good new year so far. I've been swamped (pun intended!), but for good reason.

I'm currently taking an LSAT course and will be taking the actual LSAT again February 8. The course is intense in terms of the time commitment and brain power needed to succeed. In order to devote myself to the class, I've been purposefully neglecting other things, including Hungry Gator Gal.

Needless to say, don't be surprised if you only hear from me two or three times in the next month. I love writing but have decided raising my score is my top priority right now. Although I won't be posting, be sure to check out the fitness page to see what I'm doing in terms of workouts each week. I hope I can at least provide some inspiration there.

On that note, here's a guest post from Julie Roberts, a longtime HGG reader who so graciously offered to write a post for you guys in my absence. I appreciate your understanding and support during this whirlwind month of classes, LSAT prep and working. I hope you enjoy her tips for setting realistic fitness resolutions in 2014. :)




Hi! I'm Julie Roberts, a proud wife, stay-at-home mom, runner, fitness junkie and nature lover. Although, even I have to admit, enough of this recent cold spell already!

One of my greatest joys in life is to write, and thanks to Brianna, I get to share my writing with all her wonderful readers. :) So for today, I have some great tips on how to stick to new year's resolutions, which may seem daunting at first but are achievable if you start with a plan.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, just send me an email! I hope you enjoy!

1. Be Reasonable

Moderation is key when it comes to making plans to do something new. Choose a workout program you know you can handle to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Tackling a goal bit by bit is easier than trying to bite off more than you can chew all at once.

For example, I can smash out a Focus T25 workout, a new program I ordered from Beachbody, even if I only have 25 minutes. If you’re not interested in starting a program, simply resolve to attend a group fitness class at the gym each week. 

If you need help starting out, this article from Mind Tools has some great tips.

2. Be Specific

Whether it’s a short-term or a long-term goal, I find it helpful to write the goal down and revisit it each day until it is reached. For example, last year I doubled my running distance over a period of about a month. My plan was broken down into several pieces, much like the Couch-to-5K

3. Consistency is Key

Whether I’m starting something new or taking a familiar exercise regimen and ramping it up, I remember it takes about four weeks to form a habit. For those weeks, I commit to following the plan every day without fail. By the end of that period, I’ve gotten over the hump and am eager for more.

4. Reasonable Rewards

Exercise and fitness should really be its own reward. However, it’s nice to have a little boost here and there to keep you going. 

My reward this January is a pair of winter-weather running shoes. In order to earn the reward, I have to work hard outside and at the gym, running my regular distance at least three times per week. Once I’ve got the shoes, I’ll set the bar even higher with another reward.

If you are someone who needs a “push,” a phone app called Gym Pact will reward you with real cash you when you stick to the fitness goals you set for yourself. No joke. However, the app makes you pay if you don’t stick to the goals. They say people will do anything for money!

Final Thoughts

All in all, New Year’s resolutions can be achieved, if you take the time to thoughtfully set goals. Taking the time to detail your ideas and rewards while developing a reasonable timeline will help keep you in a “fitness state of mind.” 

Question:  

  1. What's one of your resolutions or goals for 2014? (Doesn't need to be fitness-related)

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