It’s interesting getting a couple of months into a new year. Resolutions are no longer fresh, and you can assess what you’ve stuck to and what commitments have fallen by the wayside.
Fitness goals are one of the most notoriously common resolutions to drop early on. If you find that your New Year’s resolution to work out more has fallen off the radar, you’re not the only one.
Fortunately, this “clean break” from an artificial January 1st starting point gives you an opportunity to do something radical. Instead of tethering your health goals to a specific point in time, commit to getting fit right here, right now.
Dust off that old resolution and put it back onto your priority list. Once you’ve done that, here are a few tips and tricks to help you regain some of that lost mojo in your daily fitness routine.
1. Set SMART goals
No one knows your fitness needs more than you do. You are intimately acquainted with your physical challenges and shortcomings. That’s why there isn’t a single “goal” that everyone can aim for when they’re trying to get fit. The closest thing you could find to a universal objective would be “being healthy” or “getting in shape.”
But, of course, those are broad, unspecific, unmotivating goals. They don’t push you toward a specific result or fuel your activity in a certain direction. If you want to reach your health goals, you need to set a clear benchmark for yourself.
This personal fitness standard shouldn’t be a lofty or unspecific one, either. Instead, come up with SMART goals for your new fitness lifestyle. These are objectives that are:
On the one hand, if you’re a desk jockey who’s chronically out of shape, a SMART goal could simply be walking a mile every day. On the other hand, if you’re already somewhat fit, a SMART goal should challenge you in new ways, such as training for a half-marathon.
2. Establish a Sustainable Routine
Once you have clear, attainable goals that are relevant to your current needs, it’s time to establish the means to those ends. This is a critical part of the process. You don’t want to ask a friend or a spouse what they do for exercise and then merely copy them.
On the contrary, if you want to establish some fitness momentum, it’s important that you personalize your routine. This will make it more engaging. You can include activities that challenge you and help you increase your endurance and strength.
Rather than forcing someone else’s routine into your life, consider your current activity. How can you build a sustainable fitness routine right into your current lifestyle? If you’re an early bird, can you get up half an hour earlier to work out in your living room? Do you live near work? If so, you might be able to walk to the office or, if it’s too far to walk, consider riding your bike. If you don’t want to be sweaty at work, look into different e-bike options, such as Shark Tanks’s Tower electric cruiser bikes.
Look for ways to build a fitness routine that takes your own personal needs into consideration. This should include your exercise requirements as well as your personal lifestyle and schedule.
3. Track Your Progress
It’s difficult to stay motivated in your fitness journey if you don’t see progress toward your goals. Even a lack of progress, when identified, can serve as a kick in the pants to try harder. The one thing you don’t want to do is leave your progress untracked.
Instead, find ways to track your progress in a healthy manner. That last bit is important. You don’t want to track unnecessary or harmful metrics.
For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, you don’t want to make a lower number your only objective. If you’re working out at the gym, increasing muscle mass may make your initial weight loss slower. To compensate, combine weight with measuring around your waste. If you see progress in either area, it’s a win.
4. Stay Accountable
If it’s the spring and you already have abandoned winter fitness goals, there’s probably a serious lack of accountability in your life. And that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Accountability is a shortcoming for most people.
Even so, that doesn’t change the fact that accountability is a necessity if you want to succeed in your fitness goals. It’s easy to hide behind minimal efforts and mediocre results if no one sees them but yourself. If you really want your fitness goals and meticulous tracking to work, though, you need someone by your side.
Find an accountability partner to keep you honest. A few factors to look for in a partner like this include:
- Someone who you can trust and confide in.
- Someone who shares your personality and wellness goals.
- Someone who is willing to call you out while still encouraging you to stay the course.
- Someone who is a little further along in their fitness journey than you are.
If you can find a quality accountability partner, it can make all the difference in attaining your fitness goals.
5. Reassess Your Goals
Finally, remember to reassess your goals after a while. In fact, consider scheduling in time to “reassess goals” right into your calendar. You can do this every week, month, or quarter depending on what works for you.
Don’t do it too often, though. If you do, you won’t have a large enough sample size of your progress to decide if adjustments are needed.
There are many ways to stay fit. Specific activities like going to the gym or following a certain fitness guru can be inspiring at first. However, if you don’t tailor your fitness experience to your own unique needs, they’ll fizzle after a while.
Instead, set goals, create sustainable routines, track your progress, stay accountable, and reassess often. This will help you stay pinpoint-focused on your own unique fitness goals. If you can do that, you can make 2021 the year of the six-pack abs, the toned glutes, the mighty triceps, the long-distance running, and whatever other goals you decide to set for the months ahead.