by Matt Weik
Have you made any New Year's provisions in the past? How did that work? If you're like the majority of people out there, you've never done what you set out to do. Why this? It's actually quite simple – you never wanted to do it. I'm right? You probably felt pressured to follow this example and come up with ambitious goals that you really didn't want to achieve because it sounded good to talk to family and friends. I have a better idea for you that I want to outline below.
New year … new you?
Enough of the New Year's fitness resolutions that never work. You need to find out exactly what you want and work to make it a lifestyle. In my opinion, a New Year's pension is nothing more than a fad. Don't just hire a New Year's fitness solution if you just do, because this is the "cool thing" you have to do every year. Why not do something YOU want to do and achieve this year?
Just because weight loss is the norm for this time of year doesn't mean you have to get on the train. Maybe your goal for 2020 is to just start some kind of program? Maybe you want to go in the opposite direction and grow in size and add muscle?
Here is an easy-to-understand guide to make 2020 the year you actually go through it and achieve your goals without having to make any New Year's provisions.
Set a long-term goal
What is your ultimate goal? What do you want to achieve with a healthier lifestyle? Is it a six pack? Is it getting slim and showing up somewhere on the beach? Regardless of the goal, it should take some time to reach it. Write it down and place it in a place where you will see it every day as a reminder.
As an example, let's start with losing 50 pounds this year. You then have 52 weeks to achieve your goal.
Set a short term goal
Once you've set your long-term goal, write down smaller short-term goals. Using the same example, you can set a weekly weight loss goal of one
Pound. If you lost a pound every week this year, you would achieve a total weight loss of 52 pounds. Not only does this give you flexibility in the event that your progress slows down, it also allows you to lose more weight than you initially intended.
You can lose 1-2 pounds a week (healthy way) without burning muscle mass, which can slow down your metabolism. You want to keep your muscle mass because muscles burn calories to function daily. The more muscles you have, the more calories you burn – even at rest.
Make your goals realistic
Have you ever set yourself a goal so high that in retrospect you knew it was next to impossible? Unfortunately, you are not alone, but the majority of people do this without knowing better. They believe that achieving such a huge goal would motivate them to do hard work, but in fact it will cause them to lose hope and give up.
Make sure you set realistic goals so you are motivated to push ahead when you reach your milestones. If you set unrealistic goals, prepare yourself for failure from the start.
Make sure your goals are measurable
To see how you achieve your goals, you need to make sure that they are somehow measurable. In the weight loss example, you have the scales and body fat tests. Jump on the scales every week and note your weight. This gives you an idea of whether you will achieve your 1 to 2 pound weekly weight loss goal. You can have your body fat tested biweekly or even monthly to determine how much of your weight loss was actually body fat and whether you have gained muscle mass.
If you find that you are not meeting your short-term goals, you will need to make some adjustments to your program to keep getting results. That is why measurable goals are so important. Without them, you would never know if you were going in the right direction.
This is the first step regardless of whether you are taking New Year's care or trying to change your lifestyle. If you're not used to eating in a certain way, keeping fit, and consciously trying to improve your health, this can be difficult. It's best to just START. Take action. Put one foot in front of the other and get the train moving.
Once you're on the move, it's easier to keep them moving. Far too many people postpone their start date over and over again and state that they will start tomorrow or Monday or next week or into the NEW YEAR. Do you see what i did there The fitness resolutions for the new year are when all of the smug people of the past year have emerged from the woodwork and think that they will suddenly make a change on January 1st. This will not happen for a large percentage of them. Do not fall into the trap of the New Year movement to solve fitness problems. Start today.
Finally, it is important to stay committed. Everyone seems afraid of engagement, and that's the hurdle that prevents people from achieving their goals. Saying that you will do something and actually hold out is two completely different things. You can speak what you want, but can you continue the walk? Make 2020 your year to achieve your goals and improve not only your health but also your physique.
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