Happy New Year and welcome to the first week of 2018!
It’s that time of year where everyone aims to have a fitness New Year Resolution, rather than finding yourself disappointed on 31 January 2018, because you were unable to stay on the wagon and keep to your New Year resolutions, here are some key health tips to help you set better goals and reach them!
For example, let's take the popular resolution of losing weight; maybe you added a few pounds over the festive period and want to get back to your previous weight or even lose more you can do this easily with the anagram CAPTURE. This anagram is great way of thinking about how you can achieve your goal.
Every goal should be challenging, otherwise it is just a task. Keep your weight loss goals achievable. A healthy, realistic goal for losing weight should be in the range of 1-2 kgs per month.
Find a way that keeps you focused. This may mean a daily reminder on your phone, a note on your fridge, or create a reward/penalty system to help stay motivated. You could also join a weight-loss organisation like Weight Watchers or Slimming World.
Positive thinking is key. It is not the same to think and say "I have to lose 1 kg" than "I want to fit into my old jeans." You are more likely to do things you want to do rather than something that sounds like a chore.
Track your progress. You are more likely to improve something that you are paying attention to. When trying to lose weight, it is best to go by Fat percentage measurements, tape measurements or even fitting into your old jeans than using a scale.
It is important to understand the process and requirements to meet your goal. When losing weight, is starting to run every day enough to drop pounds? How many calories should you cut from your diet? Should you even be considering cutting calories? This is where working with a knowledgeable personal trainer can help.
This point goes hand-in-hand with understanding the process to reach your goal. Using our example, would it be relevant to know when to eat your meals, and at what time should you have breakfast? Does sleep play a significant role when it comes to losing weight?
Try to get people around you on board with your goals. Tell a friend, partner, or family member about it. Maybe choose someone that may have a similar goal, this way you can train with and motivate each other. Make sure the people around you, especially those who are aware of your goal are positive and motivating to help you achieve your success.
I hope you have found this blog of use in helping you to get on track to achieving your health and fitness goals in 2018 and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on this or any other health and fitness related subject.
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