Happy new year to everyone. With the start of a new year comes the promise of something better. New year’s resolutions seem pretty cliché, but they do offer us the best time, if not the only time in the year to reflect on the previous year and a chance to set some personal goals to achieve in the coming year.
Whether its fitness goals of running a half marathon, a bigger lifting total or just getting up off the sofa and doing daily walks. Or weight loss, changing to whole food or starting fasting. Or mental goals, having more “me” time, doing mindfulness, meditation or being stricter with your work/life balance.
The list goes on, being able to achieve any of these goals won’t happen overnight but having the right strategy you should be able to achieve them.
Defining your Goal
Having a loose resolution with no direction or steps to achieve is not only disappointing if you fail but off putting to try again. Having goals instead of resolutions will give you structure, making it more likely for you to stick to and motivating once you hit your target. One of the best ways of structuring your goal is by making it SMART.
Specific – Clearly defining your goal. What do you want to achieve? Concentrate your efforts by making sure the goal is to the point.
Measurable – Track your journey along the way with milestones. If you cannot track it, you don’t know how you’re progressing.
Attainable – Realistic goals are important. Is there something else you must achieve before making the next step?
Relevant – Make sure the goal matters to you in your current situation. Having goals that move in the same direction are more attainable.
Timely – Setting a deadline will make it more likely to be achieved and having the milestones along the way helps you get there.
Creating habits to achieve your goals
Goals are perfect to give us a sense of achievement. But for most of the common new year’s resolutions, they are huge life style changes and to achieve these it requires a change of habits.
Habits are only achieved through daily repetition before it becomes a normal part of life. If your resolution is to lose weight then creating new habits such as preparing healthy snacks and meals in the evening, regular sleep patterns 7-8 hrs per night, 1 litre of water per day, incorporate daily fitness that you enjoy whether its starting off with walking or a High Intensity workout.
Be prepared for road bumps and setbacks, but if you’ve seen progress focus on this to keep motivated. Let your family/friends know about your lifestyle changes, so they are prepared, and it holds you accountable.
Fundamental Physio Newmarket wants you to achieve both long and short-term goals. Whether it’s an injury free 2019, or that nagging injury you’ve been dealing with. The appointment schedule is open for the new year.