Did you achieve what you set out to conquer in 2016?  According to the research, only 8% of people fully achieve their resolutions.  Each year we all make a New Year’s resolution, and then eventually break it.  This year we are going to make the change and break that cycle.  If your resolution is to become a healthier you, SwimRVA is here to help!

Here are 5 tips to help you stick to your goals for the new year:

1.  Set SMART Goals: Setting goals help measure your progress.

  • Specific – the more specific the goal, the better. If your goal is broad, break it down into a simplistic form. Tell yourself you will go to the gym three times per week instead of saying you will workout more.
  • Measurable – In order to track your progress, your goals should have some kind of measuring tool.  “I want to lose 10 lbs” is better than “I want to lose weight”.
  • Attainable – When making your goals you have to ask yourself if you truly accomplish them. If you have not been running, setting a goal for a marathon may not be as attainable as striving for a 5 k first.
  • Realistic – The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make it unrealistic. Are you really going to win the lottery this year?
  • Timely – Setting an end date to your goals not only helps it be measurable, but creates urgency so that you will not keep delaying yourself.
  • A good goal for all of these would be, “I want to loose 10lbs by May 31.  I will do this by going to the gym three times per week and develop a plan to eat healthier by February 1.”

2.  Find Your Motivation:  Get clear about what you want and use that to inspire you throughout your journey.  A lack of motivation can lead you to fall short of your goals.  Ask your new workout friends to help keep each other motivated.  Look how much fun this group is having!

3.  Have a Plan:  You can’t expect to jump into a whole new lifestyle and succeed without a plan.  Outline the changes you want to make and how to fit them into your schedule.  Remember to take steps towards your goals rather than take on everything at once.

4.  Be Prepared for Lapses:  This is a normal part of the process.  It is important that you recognize this, but to not let that be an excuse to quit.  Use each lapse as a learning tool.  If you have a lapse of a couple days or a week, do not start your workout routine over.  Simply start back right where you left off.

5.  Reward Yourself:  Celebrate your success with something that doesn’t contradict your goal.  If your goal is to lose weight, don’t go eating a box of cookies.  Instead, buy yourself some new gym clothes or shoes to help keep that momentum.

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So what are your 2017 goals? We don’t know about you, but we are feeling extremely motivated!  We want you to achieve your goals and SwimRVA is here to help! Sign up for a FREE wellness consultation today.  Keep on the lookout for more blogs that will help keep you motivated throughout the year!