Since becoming somewhat of a health and fitness freak at the beginning of 2009, one of the few things I’m really looking forward to as the new year approaches is my laundry list of fitness resolutions. In order to have a more targeted fitness gameplan for 2011, I thought of revisiting my fitness goals in 2010 and discovered, much to my delight, that not only have I accomplished most of my goals, I have also added a few milestones which never even crossed my mind at the time of writing. Like ultrarunning, for example, and logging a total of three podium finishes just after I celebrated my first anniversary in running. It’s little surprises like these that inspire me to keep pushing and finding more adventurous and fun ways of keeping fit and healthy.
Not to say that I have been good through and through. Truth be told, I have not exactly been very successful in casting off unhealthy indulgences such as bingeing on junk food and sweets and drinking soda or iced tea with meals instead of water. But even though I have been delinquent with my diet on several occasions, my BMI (Body Mass Index) and fat percentage results paint an entirely different picture of my fitness status. At 18.4 BMI and 22.7 fat percentage, I am well within the desirable range and that would not have been possible if it weren’t for the level of commitment I have given to my fitness goals last year.
Statistically, it has been shown that most people fail at keeping their resolutions. In fact, research say that only 20% of us can be considered a success in making our resolutions stick. Case in point, immediately after the frivolity and gastronomic indulgence of the Christmas and New Year seasons, the volume of people signing up for gym memberships and those actually going there for workout increase by double digit percentage. But within 12 weeks or so, over 80% of those people quit for various reasons. However, you don’t have to be just another statistic by failing at your own resolutions. Make yours stick by following these steps:
- Write down an obtainable goal. Your ultimate fitness goal should be something achievable like maybe becoming fit enough to join an international marathon or a locally-organized triathlon. At the end of the day, not all of us can be super athletes or supermodels no matter how hard we try, but by working on what’s realistic for you is already one step to feeling good and looking good.
- Create a game plan. Deciding on a health and fitness goal is a start BUT you need to have a workable plan to reach that goal. Different fitness goals require different approaches. For example, weight loss requires you to regularly burn more than you consume.
- Break it down and make it less intimidating. In coming up with your ultimate fitness goal avoid knee-jerk statements like ‘I plan to lose 30lbs in 6 months’. While this may not be entirely an impossibility, you also have to consider your body and its response level and capacity. Do some research or speak with a qualified fitness professional. You want to lose weight, yes, but you should never put your body and overall health at risk in order to fit into a size 0 or 1.
- Get your friends and family members involved so you have that extra motivation to keep your eyes glued on your goals. Give them trespass to give you the nudge when you’re slacking off, as well as, gently remind you when you start talking and behaving negatively.
- Celebrate your progress. NOT by eating back the fats you lost but maybe by getting a new pair of jeans or dress that’ll flatter your new figure.
- Measure your progress in concrete ways. For example, if you are exercising to lose weight, keep track of your weight loss preferably on a weekly basis.
- Find as many different ways to monitor your progress as you can. For example, if you are on a weight loss program, you might like to record your exercise sessions, daily diet and weekly measurements. Include achievements such as feeling more energetic or fitting into a smaller pair of jeans. Give yourself plenty of ways to succeed.
And lastly, make sure that the goals you have set are those that are meaningful and important to you, not to anybody else. Remember, this is YOUR fitness goal so if for example, your partner wants you to shed more weight but you’re happy as you are, it may be difficult for you to commit to an exercise routine that you can sustain in the long term.
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