Happy New Year! I’m sure we all have grand plans for making 2019 our year, and I truly hope all of you accomplish, and even exceed, your goals! If any of your goals involve “getting healthy” or something along those lines, read on. I have a few tips that will help you stay on track, motivated, and ready to crush 2019!
#1 – Figure out the “why” for your goal. This doesn’t just relate to fitness, but it is still very important. If you don’t want to fail at whatever your goal might be, you need to understand why you want it. There is no wrong answer here, but it is important for you to figure out. Do you want to lose weight because you have a vacation coming up and want to look good in a bathing suit? Great! Do you want to get stronger so you can win some kind of competition? Awesome! The reason doesn’t matter, as long as you understand why and can keep it in front of you. If you start a new fitness journey, but don’t really have a reason for it other than “it’s what your supposed to do” you won’t make it far. Life happens, things come up, plans change. But if you know WHY you are torturing yourself with endless burpees and 5am runs, then it’ll be that much easier to keep at it. Life is too short to work hard for other people’s goals and ideals. Figure out why you want it, write it down, and keep it in front of you.
#2 – Baby steps. Yes, it’s great to have huge goals. Heck, if you don’t reach for the stars you’ll never make it to the moon! Dream big, think big, desire the impossible! Just don’t go thinking that you can go from watching The Flash on TV to actually being The Flash in 2 months. The biggest mistake I see people make is trying to completely change their life all at once. If you want to succeed at your goals, make small changes that you can keep for the long haul and adjust from there. For example, if you currently don’t exercise at all, start with 1 or 2 days a week. Don’t go full on 5-7 days a week right away. Do you want to burn out? Cuz that’s how you burn out! Don’t get caught up in these fad diets or programs either (more on that later). Fitness and health should be a life long journey, not a 12 week goal.
#3 – Find some friends. I truly believe that nothing will help you stick with your goals more than having a supportive community around you. When you know someone is going to be texting you if you miss a workout, it makes you that much more likely to show up. Not only will being with a group of friends keep you accountable, it can also be motivating! You end up pushing harder when you are struggling with others, and you don’t want to be the one that quits first! Your relationships will also grow when you have common goals. Don’t be afraid to make new friends either. if no one in your current squad has a similar goal, or wants to start this journey with you, that is ok. Some of the best friends I have started out as “just” gym buddies. It’ll take some effort, but you can find groups of like minded individuals online or at your local gym, you just gotta try.
#4 – Be smart and hire a professional. Don’t fall for the fad diets or the online “experts”. You would think it would be easy to know what is true or false, since we live in the age of information, but that is not the case. There are many crazy diet plans and fitness gurus (read: attractive people with killer bodies) out there who claim to have the “secret” for success. The truth is that a lot of it is just crap. Literally anyone can make a YouTube video and say whatever they want. Maybe they are ripped, too, so it seems legit. Now, a lot of these people don’t have bad intentions, but they are just not educated about what they claim to know. For instance, I have seen many videos and read many articles about how you all need to drink a gallon of water a day because so-and-so does and he is healthy an/or ripped. But guess what? That guy drinking his gallon of water a day (plus coffee, tea, etc) is a 6’4 250 pound body builder. I’m a 5’7 140 pound kick boxer. There is a HUGE difference in what we both need, not only in terms of water, but nutrients and diet too. I highly recommend, especially when starting out, to find a professional (like me, a NASM certified personal trainer with a specialization in fitness nutrition) and hire them. It will be worth every penny and help you maximize your time right off the bat.
#5 – Be happy with yourself. You have a goal, yes, but life can get crazy. Don’t beat yourself up because you had a little too much to drink the other night or maybe had some candy that wasn’t on the diet. Enjoy your time with friends and family. Have random adventures that break your exercise routine (on occasion) and laugh a lot. At the end of the day, it is your goal and your life. Enjoy the ride and be confident in the fact that you are actively trying to change your life for the better, one day at a time.
Thanks for reading, and DFQ!