Happy 2018! New year – new you? Blah, blah blah! I heard a statistic this morning that most resolutions will be broken in the next 8 days. 8 days?!!? Why even make them?
First, don’t beat yourself up if this sounds familiar. Making lasting changes to ensure that you are moving your body and putting good things in is hard —sometimes, really hard. Any success, no matter how small, is worth celebrating. Getting in shape—whatever that means for you—takes time, persistence and consistency. It’s what you do every day …. every damn day! You can do this—but lifestyle changes take time.
If you want to make this the year that you really do stick to your New Year’s resolution, I’m here for you. I want this blog to a place of inspiration, advice and actionable, practical tips about how to set goals that are attainable and realistic. In other words – I want to help you be consistent and persistent … every damn day!
More than anything, though, the most important advice I have to share with you is to focus on health and happiness first. Be good to your body, and treat yourself with respect. Be kind to yourself, and recognize how awesome you are, independent of your fitness goals. It’s all about moving your body, putting good things in and ENJOYing every day!
Focus on athletic gains, rather than aesthetic gains!
Focus only on improving performance, strength, speed and consistency this year. Take the emphasis off the aesthetic results, and put it in becoming the best athlete you can become. Your body will change so much faster! I promise the aesthetic gains will come.
Stop comparing yourself to others!
Seriously. Just stop it. Your body can do amazing things – and if you are consistent and persistent by the end of the year your body will do even more amazing things. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Comparison can be a huge distraction from your own internal work—when you spend too much time focusing on what others are doing, you end up cheating yourself. So – just stop it!
Find a workout you love!
Do you like yoga? Crossfit? Barre? Running? It doesn’t really matter. Just find something you like and do it. The only thing that matters is that you include both strength training and cardio. And – try smiling when you are working out. The extra endorphins really do work to push you harder!
Don’t give up!
There are always going to be plateaus, peaks, and valleys with any new program. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like you’re not seeing immediate results while you adapt to those first few weeks of stress on the body. As Dori would say, “Just keep swimming!” – remember consistent and persistent!
Make action-oriented resolutions!
When it comes to sticking to your resolutions, research has shown that ‘action-oriented’ resolutions have a better chance of being upheld than ‘idea-oriented.’ For example, a resolution to lose weight is really only an idea with nothing actionable to do. However, sticking with that goal in mind, you could make the resolution action-oriented by saying ‘get up 30 minutes earlier every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and do a 20-minute workout at home before work.’ Now you have an actionable path on how to achieve your goal.
And above all, be good to yourself!
Move your body, put good things in and ENJOY every day!