Staying on Track in the New Year
By James Brusard
With the holidays behind us and a new year just beginning, it’s time to reassess our fitness goals and how we view them. Here are a few quick tips for building the habits necessary to stay on track to meet your fitness goals in 2018.
- Don’t recognize your goals as resolutions, but instead as changes in lifestyle: Roughly 92% of people don’t follow through with the resolutions they set. This is due in large part to making an isolated choice that isn’t part of a larger context, and focusing on fixing negatives rather than building on strengths1. By creating short, medium, and long-term SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-specific) we are able to better determine what success looks like relative to our fitness goals, while sticking to a concrete plan.
- Have a plan for healthy eating and exercising on the road: Traveling is an inevitable part of many of our jobs. By hitting the grocery store to prepare as many meals as possible in your hotel room or scoping out the nutritional information at restaurants in advance, you potentially save yourself from consuming hundreds of excess daily calories. Researching local gyms, hiking trails, and other recreational activities is another means to maintain physical fitness on the road as well.
- Write down your goals, and share them with others: Sharing your goals with others makes you more likely to accomplish your goals because it adds an additional layer of accountability. A recent weight loss research study found those who discussed their goals and posted progress to weight loss social media platform Weilos lost 1.2 lbs. per week compared to 0.27 lbs. in participants that did not interact on the sharing platform2.
- Don’t go in it alone… have a buddy!: Having an accountability buddy to help one another stay on the straight and narrow is one of the most beneficial support systems towards achieving success. This could include having a workout partner or challenging a friend or coach to see who can earn more MEPs in a month, burn the highest calories, attend the most boot camps, or any number of other tangible measures of success.
All of the tips provided can be applied to your personal and professional goals in order to enjoy success. At the end of the day, it all comes down to setting practical goals that are not only quantifiable, but achieved with the help of others through the execution of a detail-oriented plan. Contact Us if you need help staying on track in the new year!