When the new year rolls around, many people set high hopes for what they wish to accomplish in the months to come. While most of these goals are set with good intentions, oftentimes resolutions get pushed aside toward the middle of January and forgotten altogether by February. At Northwest CrossFit, we believe in the power of goal setting, and helping our members achieve the fitness milestones they are working toward. Here are a few tips for how to stick to a workout and diet plan to achieve your fitness resolutions.
1. Set The Right Goals
Many people struggle with knowing how to set fitness goals. A big part of achieving your fitness resolutions is to start with healthy and feasible goals from the onset. Creating goals that will increase your level of fitness without pushing your body too hard from the beginning can help you on your way to achieving them.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals is a common strategy many people use for their fitness goals, financial goals, and more. When shaping your objectives, consider adhering them to the following standards.
- Specific: When setting your fitness goals, be sure to be specific in what you would like to achieve. Instead of making your goal “to run more,” think of ways to be more specific in what you are hoping to achieve such as “I would like to run for 30 minutes three times per week.”
- Measurable: Making your goal something you can measure can also help keep you on track. This may mean doing timed runs, keeping track of how much you are lifting, or how many reps you are doing so you have a concrete number you can improve on.
- Achievable: Goal-setting can be a great way to enhance your fitness, but it is important not to push yourself too hard. Making sure you are setting goals that are right for your level fitness will help you succeed in achieving them. If you are unsure where to begin with setting goals for your fitness level, Northwest CrossFit’s coaches are happy to help.
- Relevant: When making a fitness resolution, be sure you are creating goals that mean something to you. If your heart is set on achieving fitness resolutions that will help you toward your larger-scale goals you will be more successful.
- Time-bound: Finally, goals should have an aspect of timeliness to them. If your goal is to run a mile in under seven minutes, when would you like to achieve that goal? In a month? In three months? What can you do today, tomorrow, and next week to get yourself to that long-term goal? Setting a timeframe for your goal is a great way to make it a reality.
2. Work Incrementally Toward Your Fitness Resolution
Whether you haven’t worked out since 2015 or if you’re an avid athlete trying to take on a new workout routine, working slowly toward your goals can help you achieve them. Consider how you can break your fitness resolutions down into small things you can achieve on your way to accomplishing your larger scale goals. This may mean starting very small, with just a few minutes jogging and a simple weight circuit and adding on a few minutes of cardio and some additional reps as you work toward your goal.
3. Create A Support System
Approaching your fitness resolution as part of a group or team can be a huge asset to accomplishing them in the long run. You can create your fitness support system in any way you see fit. Whether that means going to the gym with a workout buddy a few days per week, jogging with your spouse while your kids are at soccer practice, or working with a coach to help create the perfect routine for your personal goals, having another person to workout with is a great way to hold yourself accountable and achieve your fitness resolutions.
If you are losing inspiration on your fitness resolution, Northwest CrossFit is here to help! Contact us today to find out more about our programs or to sign up for a free trial class.