New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, just a couple of weeks from today and a couple more trips to the grocery in between Christmas for last-minute food preparations. First of January is widely anticipated by people all over the world as it signifies new beginnings, new fitness plans, new social circles, and a brand-new surge of desire to stay healthy all throughout the year that will be.
Among the commonly listed New Year’s resolutions are health-related and interestingly, according to a 2015 statistical report, about 60% of the Australian population who have set NY resolutions, whatever they may be, failed in their endeavour. There could be several reasons underlying such failures and while there are no hard and fast rules to accomplish yearly plans, there certainly are general guidelines that will help you overcome setbacks. Learn a few of them as you read on, especially where fitness topics are concerned.
Over and over again, the advice to be realistic has been repeated and re-whispered to the ears of those who plan on anything, including on Getting in shape. Certainly, this piece of advice is worth re-echoing because of its relatively heavy impact on expectation setting during the planning of your NY resolutions. For instance, expecting to shed off fats is good, but to expect that your body just shifts from 120 kilograms to 60 within 3 months is another story. This puts unnecessary stress on you and may even jeopardise your health. Worse, you end up quitting.
Set Measures and Set Deadlines
Any executive would definitely agree to setting quantifiable measures of your fitness goals, as well as deadlines. This way, monitoring becomes easier and assessment is more objective than subjective. Sometimes, a person’s mind has hidden self-defeating thoughts that even if you’ve lost weight significantly, you still think of yourself as fat. Where possible, seek other people’s assessments to avoid biases and set an incremental plan.
Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal of your fitness journey all throughout the years is psychologically uplifting. Changes may not be obvious to the naked eye, but are felt, experienced, and sensed, just like firming up your muscles. You feel your glutes and abs tighten but there may barely be visible signs just yet. For what it’s worth, write down the experience in your journal and in your solitary moments, read the pages. Not too many know how reading incremental changes and chronological improvements is not only nostalgic but also encouraging.
Accept What You Cannot Change
Come 2019, be forgiving of yourself. Set realistic and quantifiable measures, yes, but still give yourself room for errors, for indulgences and guiltless heaps of ice cream, for a cheat week from your exercise program, and for possible deadline extensions of your goals. In short, be gentle with yourself. And, in so doing, remember to accept, to embrace the fact that some things just can’t be changed. In the case of fitness, some body characteristics such as height, skin colour, bone structure, body fat distribution, and even medical conditions are genetically predetermined.
No matter what chemicals or surgery a person undertakes, the body always follows its natural inclination. So suggestively, find a diet and exercise program that suits not just your lifestyle, but also your unique biological makeup. For instance, experts recommend planning your diet around your blood type, as your blood reacts discriminately do different food substances. Those with O+ blood type must feed high on protein and less on dairy, for instance. Go ahead and consult with your physician for a personalized fitness program. When your behaviour goes with your natural tendencies, then the easier you’ll achieve your fitness resolutions.
Vary Your Plan As Necessary
Be flexible when the need to shift to another fitness program or adapt a new method arises. This way, you are only changing your means, not your goals, and you are simply being strategic especially when the initial game plan fails. Being versatile with the approach also requires you to be an informed consumer. Know the latest research as there may be new findings that debunk the existing truths or that suggest more advanced approach to fitness, such as the use of physiotherapy to manage pain instead of ingesting chemicals and yoga to de-stress and fight depression.
The 5 tips outlined here will help you push forward, forge on, and not shy away from the challenges that can make or break your fitness resolutions come 2019.