How Every Successful Girl Achieves Her Fitness Goals

The New Year is seen as a time to reset, reflect and re-evaluate your life and make some changes. Many of us head in to the New Year feeling like we’ve seriously overindulged during the party season with dinner parties every other night, prosecco non-stop flowing and eating chocolate every day. We go into the New Year feeling sluggish, wanting to lose weight, eat healthier and tone up. It’s the same every year, we all start off well but a month down the line (a few if you’re lucky) we lose sight, motivation goes and we go back to our old ways.

We think you should take a different approach this year by sitting down and making some actual goals for the year. Having a direction and a target will make the change more realistic and give a timeframe for when you will achieve it by. A goal makes you accountable, so tell your friends/family/trainer and they will provide support and make sure you’re sticking to your plan. If the goals are set right then this will provide motivation knowing that you CAN and WILL do this as you’ve got a set plan in place.

Setting a goal can be a little over-whelming knowing where to start…How do you know what is achievable? How long will it take? How do you stay motivated? Following the guidelines below will give you a great start and provide some direction.

Specific…

Your goal should be obvious, saying that you want to ‘get healthy’ doesn’t mean anything and gives no baseline to where you’re at at the moment. Example: ‘I want to lose weight’

Measurable…

Make sure your goal is quantifiable so that you can track your progress and know that you’ve reached it. Example: ‘I want to lose 10kg’

Attainable…

Make sure your goals are realistic. Having a long-term goal is important but also having a series of short term goals means that you’ll stay motivated as you’ll see early wins along the way. Example: ‘I want to lose 10kg in 6 months and 2kg by the end of January’.

Relevant…

Make sure you know why you’re setting your goal, create a goal with a motivation like a wedding or being able to perform everyday activities more easily. This will help create a connection to the goal and remind yourself why you’re putting all this hard work in. Example: ‘I want to lose 10kg in 6 months for my wedding

Timely…

Make sure you have a deadline that it creates urgency. If you need to make a couple of short-term goals within your long-term goal so that you can keep an eye on your progress. Example: ‘Overall, I want to lose 10kg in 6 months for my wedding and will lose 2kg by the end of January’.

Whatever your goals are, write them down and have them in an obvious place so you’ll be reminded of them every day so you will stay on track.