2018 is here, and it's time for some big changes in your life. Whether you're over the holiday overindulgence or you're simply ready to get serious about your diet and exercise program, this is the year that you're going to create a new you! Unfortunately, you're well aware of the odds of success. By February, as many as 80% of people are already off-track with their resolutions. Only around 8% of people report success by the end of the year.
How can you achieve your resolutions? Try some of these strategies for a fresh start.Step One: Name Specific, Measurable Goals
You want to make big changes this year--but what does that really look like for you? Do you want to lose weight? Gain strength? Set specific, measurable goals that you can check along your journey this year. For example, would you like to be down a pants size by March? Tighten your abs so that you look great in your swimsuit? By designing specific, measurable goals, you'll be in a better position to design a real plan that will help you reach them.
Step Two: Create a Plan
If you head into your diet and exercise routine without a plan, you'll quickly discover that it's hard to keep on track. "Going to the gym more" and "eating healthy" are great resolutions, but what does that really look like for you? You need:
- A plan for how often you're going to exercise and when you're going to do it. Ideally, frequency, dates, and times should all be included in your plan.
- An actual guide for what you'd like to accomplish while you're at the gym. Do you want to spend time on the weight machines? Get in plenty of cardio? Make sure that your plan reflects your goals.
- A nutrition plan that will help you go beyond a simple diet to create lifestyle changes that will allow you to reach your health and wellness goals.
Step Three: Build in Accountability
Do you have a friend who will meet you at the gym or remind you to meet your healthy eating goals at lunch? What about a trainer at the gym who will remind you to show up and keep working on your goals even when you aren't there? When you build in accountability, whether it's partnering with a friend or spouse or working with an online community, you'll discover that you're less likely to "cheat" on your goals. Choose your partner wisely, however: partners who aren't on board or who are more likely to cheat themselves will create an environment where you feel more at ease cheating on your goals.
2018 is the year of big changes for you. Have more questions? If you're ready to get started on your journey, download our eBook, "7 Steps to a More Disciplined Workout."