Setting your New Year Health and Fitness Goals
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For many of us, the start of a new year brings the opportunity to make lifestyle changes, whether it’s eating better, exercising more, quitting smoking or reducing stress. But while the New Year brings renewed motivation, this is often short-lived. Achieving long-term success requires planning, commitment and action.
Here are some tips to help you to achieve success in 2019:
Set realistic and achievable goals – make your goals challenging but not impossible.
Turn your goals into a plan of action – write a list of the steps you need to take to reach your goal and give them a deadline for action. Consider a tool like Lifetick a web-based app that allows you to set and track multiple goals, create tasks and reminders, view your progress with charts and reports and even invite others to support and keep you motivated.
Create your plan of action immediately – take advantage of the increased motivation that comes with the start of the New Year and get started on your plans now!
Have a compelling reason to change – this will provide you with the motivation to get started and to keep going when things get tough!
Get organised – work out what you need to do to change. This could be stocking your cupboards with healthy foods, finding a personal trainer or talking to your doctor about quitting smoking.
Consider the entire year, not just New Year’s Day – Nothing big gets accomplished in one day. Resolutions are set in one day, but accomplished with many small steps that happen throughout the year. New Year’s resolutions are just a starting point but you need to continue to revisit your plan.
Seek support – tell others about your goals and get their support. Can they be your exercise partner or just keep you accountable for your actions? Consider joining up to Promise or Pay for some added motivation and to support a good cause.
Reward yourself for your achievements – planning a reward for achieving your goals is a great way to keep you motivated.
Remain flexible – expect that your plan can and will change. Often life throws unexpected things at us, and flexibility is frequently required to achieve your overall goal. Sometimes the goal itself will even change. Take the time to re-evaluate your plan and overall goal throughout the year.