3 Strategies for New Years Fitness

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  • 3 Strategies for Making - Not Breaking - Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions
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3 Strategies for Making - Not Breaking - Your New Year's Resolutions 

Are you one of the many people who make a New Year's resolution every year? While most people are gung-ho for the first day, week, or month - the reality is that many times people end up not living up to the ambitious resolutions that they set on January 1. 

Don't want to be in that group of people? Then here are some success strategies that you can incorporate into your goal setting process so that you will meet your goals in 2012. 

1. Start with specific goals. 

Sure, making a commitment to yourself of "I will workout more" is great, but at what point will you have achieved that goal? When you workout once a week instead of never? By having such an ambiguous goal, you won't have a finish line to cross. 

So keep those goals specific, for example instead of "I will workout more" try "I will go to the gym 4 days a week - after work on Tuesday and Thursday, and Saturday and Sunday morning." Instead of "I will eat healthier" try "I will increase my protein intake to XX grams per day." 

2. Plan for checkpoints. 

While it is great to have a long-term goal, if that goal will take months to accomplish you'll need to set some "checkpoints" or smaller, interim goals along the way. That way, you'll be able to check off those smaller goals, reward yourself for making it to that point, and will still be able to keep your eye on the prize. 

So, if you want to lose 30 pounds, also set 3 smaller goals of losing 10 pounds - that way you'll be able to have something to celebrate along the way. People also tend to work harder when they are reaching the finish line - so by setting multiple finish lines you'll have greater momentum throughout the process. 

3. Create a plan for setbacks. 

What are you going to do if you go off of your plan? What, you are planning to never have a setback or misstep? While that is great if works out that way, odds are, at some point you'll need to rebound from a not-so-great choice. Make sure now that a single misstep won't lead to your blowing your goals off completely. 

Try using "if/then" statements when making your plan. For example, you might make a plan now that if you go on an eating binge in the future,then you will get in an extra cardio session, and get back on track the very next day. 

Looking for more motivation, advice and answers to your questions? Check out more fitness articles here on this site.

Wishing you a Happy 2012! 

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