It’s that time of year when again when fitness centers fill up with New Year’s “resolutioners.” There is a mad rush to the treadmill or weight machine, then two months later the gym numbers return to normal.
How do you avoid the same pitfalls that these individuals always seem to run in to? First, set some real goals. It’s not a goal until it’s measureable and it’s written down. On a scale of one to 10, what is your confidence level in completing the goal? If it’s not a nine or 10, then it’s too ambitious.
When looking at short-term and long-term goals, add landmark events into your planning. Research finds adding in a landmark event, such as a vacation, wedding or upcoming race, which will help keep you on track. Further research out of Dominican University in California found that people who shared their goals with a friend and followed up with weekly updates were 33 percent more successful.
Sitting down with a fitness specialist can be well worth the time. Not only can they help come up with achievable goals, they will be able to set up a program to get you there, and give you someone else to be accountable to.