“Dear Santa, This year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don't mix those two up like you did last year.”
Plenty of us made healthy New Year’s resolutions for 2015 — “I will finally lose those 10 pounds,” “I will fit in my old jeans,” “I’m giving up carbs.”
Yes, setting goals may be the first step to achieving them, but why do we almost always find ourselves back in our old routines, making the same exact resolutions over and over again every year?
Let’s make 2015 different. Let’s make it count! Here are 5 simple steps to help you really achieve your fitness goals this year.
1) Set small, reasonable goals
It’s easy to set unrealistic goals with the motivation boost we get on January 1st. Two weeks in and still way too far from reaching our goal, we start finding excuses not to go to the gym, or worse, completely give up and binge on chocolate chip cookies.
Set a series of smaller, more realistic goals that act as stepping stones, not as a long jump to your final target. You are more likely to achieve specific and reasonable goals like “I will lose 1 pound this week,” or “I will walk 10,000 steps today,” than “I will lose 20 pounds,” or “I will run a marathon.”
Start small and take it slow, it will pay off in the end.
2) Do something you actually like
Hate crunches? Then don’t do them! Exercise is supposed to be fun and make you feel good about yourself, not the other way around.
Challenges are always welcome, but if you find yourself really not enjoying your workout, then you won’t be doing it for long. So change things around — try a new class or ask your friends what they like doing.
Who knows, maybe bar method is your thing, or you will really like spinning! Experiment to find the best fit.
3) Good old portion control
As boring as it sounds, portion control is still an effective way to cut down on calories without the pain of letting go of your favorite foods.
Let’s be honest, none of us will be giving up our guilty pleasures for a whole year.