Keeping up a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy – if it was, everyone would do it. While many individuals are able to start up a quick-fix diet or workout routine and see results, few are able to maintain consistency over the long haul. Luckily, with some planning and dedication, you CAN increase your chances of making fitness a longstanding piece of your lifestyle. Here are five tips to help you stick to your new personal fitness goals:
1. Figure Out Your WHY.
Before determining how, it’s always helpful to first understand WHY you have a particular goal or wish in mind. Follow these simple steps: first, ask yourself “Why do I want to do X?” (for example – participate in a triathlon, lose 10 lbs., enter a fitness competition, etc.) Write down the first answer that comes to your mind. Step two – ask yourself “Why?” to that first answer. Repeat this sequence about five or six times until you get to the root reason for your particular goal. This process is helpful because our root reason for doing something is often much more profound than the surface outcome of your goal. Knowing the true reason for a goal will help you stick to it when the times get tough.
2. Create SMART Goals.
You have likely heard this piece of advice many times before, but the reason it’s so popular is because it works! A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t “dream big” and push yourself outside your comfort zone, but it’s important to remember that several smaller SMART goals will propel you forward towards the bigger goals in the future.
3. Renew Your Passion.
There are bound to be moments when you feel fatigued or lacking in motivation. Luckily with our connected world, you have access to a plethora of free resources that can help continually renew your passion, and change up/improve your training techniques. Sign up for a challenging Spartan or silly obstacle race, try out a new fitness class or simply give a new workout or nutrition plan a shot. On the other hand, renewing your passion may mean disconnecting completely, or taking a solid break once in a while. Sometimes the mind and body need to take a step back and get back to your why, in order to feel renewed again.
4. Change When It Makes Sense.
There will come a time when you look at your life and realize you’re simply no longer who you used to be. This probably means your values have also shifted. This may mean that goals that took center stage before are no longer that important, or you are experiencing a “been there, done that” type feeling. When either of these situations happen, work on developing new fitness goals that get your adrenaline pumping again.
5. Never Ever Give Up.
As you continue pushing through your fitness goals, old or new, the most vital piece of advice is to never give up. This one is easier said than done, but remember: EVERYONE experiences struggles when it comes to healthy living whether they like to admit it or not, even health coaches. The lucky few who are able to break past hurdles & plateaus always find a way to reach success time and time agan. You can always find a way to keep on going. As the famous Japanese proverb states, “fall down seven times, get up eight.”
Long term fitness success will never be a linear path to glory, but with continual focus and effort you CAN make it happen!