Use Your Fitness Resolutions as a Tool to Help You Reach Your Goals

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As each year draws to a close many of us make promises to ourselves in the form of a New Years Resolution to improve our health and fitness throughout the next year.
The problem is those plans seem to be forgotten before the month of January is over.

Why is it so hard to put our plans into practice and achieve our health, fitness or weight loss goals? How can we make them work for us the next time we make such a promise to ourselves? Here are some tips that could have you on the way to success with your resolutions.

Many people make the mistake of setting the bar too high when starting out and try to make themselves into a brand new person overnight. It is unreasonable to expect yourself to, in an instant, change habits that you have spent years cultivating. Instead, select one area to work on (say your exercise program) and get that sorted first.

Choosing a resolution that you have been unsuccessful at achieving year after year will only set you up for failure, frustration and disappointment. For example, resolving to lose 40 pounds in the next year has no basis in reality. In fact, it’s something that you have wanted to do for the last ten years, and every year, after a month or so, you cast the goal aside because it’s totally incongruent with your lifestyle and fitness level.

If you are still tempted to make a promise that you have made before and been unsuccessful at then try altering it. For example, instead of stating that you are going to lose that same 40 pounds, try promising to eat healthier and increase your weekly exercise.

Talk is cheap, so make a plan as of all the strategies for successfully reaching goals, writing down your goal and the benchmarks for reaching it is among the most powerful.

Finally, recognize that, even with realistic goals, you won’t always succeed. Giving yourself permission to fail occasionally helps eliminate the excuse to throw up your hands and quit. For example, most of us overeat at one time or another, but when it’s over, do we begin again or give up?

It’s what we do afterwards that dictates whether our fall is a momentary lapse or the beginning of the end. Just keep plodding away as your most desired fitness and weight loss goals are within easy reach, just take small steps until you achieve them.

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