Conquering Fitness Goals in 2020

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Have you experienced failure in setting past resolutions or have you been simply disappointed that you couldn’t maintain the zeal that you had at the beginning of the year? Then, you get to that stuck in the mud point and realize that the resolution has become less desirable, so you simply quit. Well, you don’t have to have this experience this year and here is why. We believe that through accomplishing small goals throughout your fitness journey you will see the success that will leave you ecstatic which will propel you to your fitness goals this year. There is nothing like that feeling of accomplishing what you set out for. The first step is simply planning.

Before getting started you have to Ask a few simple questions.

  • What held you back in 2019? Why didn’t you stick with your fitness goals in 2019? Did your desire start to wane over time? Find out what actually keeps you joyful and fueled for the long haul so that you combat those desire fluctuations. Did unexpected events happen Person writing goals on notebook paper with a pen.such as sickness or unforeseen crisis? If, so plan for the basic curveballs of life by having those back-up fitness routines. If it’s lack of time, look at fitness lifestyle changes that will be short and effective. If it’s sickness, communicate with your doctors to see what is possible for you to do.
  • Is fitness really a priority in your life or is it simply the idea of being fit? A lot of times we can become mesmerized by the fitness model who seems to have no flaws that we see run across our social media feed or that blog that we keep up with. By the way, these photos are often fake or simply not realistic. First, accept who you are and that means all of you. The strengths and weaknesses are just areas of growth. Next is go get your mind right. It’s time to be confident in who you are on the inside so that we can achieve these goals from a good motive. In fact, you are your best when you play to your strengths while working towards your fitness goals. Don’t do it because you want to appear a certain way in front of others but for your health and personal growth. Remember, we oftentimes want the fitness results without actually making it a priority in our own lives.
  • What do you want to Achieve? Do you want to have better overall health such as lowering your blood glucose levels or blood pressure? Do you want to be more functional or do you simply want to lose weight for more mobility? You have to figure out “your what”. Without “your what,”  you will not have any standard to measure your progress. When we can see our progress we can make adjustments where needed to keep charging towards our overall goal.
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Already established fitness regimens can be a great place to start. Look and see what you are already doing and look at what has made those fitness regimens successful. You can simply ramp it up and build on what you have or replace it with another fitness goal.

Start small and realistically. Do not start with a grandiose goal that you may not be practical for where you are at the moment. Start small and take it one step at a time so you do not experience burnout. Effectively plan by setting even smaller goals “aka” mini-goals. These goals are generally easier to accomplish and tend to boost your confidence.

Plan for hiccups and holdbacks. Create a contingency plan when that unexpected curveball comes your way so that you don’t veer too far from the path. Have an alternate time to work out or simply move as well as have back pocket regimens just in case.

Establish Accountability. In order to give you that extra boost or simply a dose of tough love establish a system of accountability. Find like-minded individuals that will start incorporating these habits of physical activity and exercise. You can also pick that fitness guru of a friend or relative that you can learn from. The key to this approach is to snuff out your pride and asking for help. Do this and it will not only allow you to strengthen your body but your relationship with these individuals will strengthen as well. Lastly, you can join a group fitness class in which the instructor and participants will know your face and your name. These groups usually have an accountability feel because they will begin to ask where you have been if you don’t come to class. Accountability is good a push for us even if it is a little uncomfortable.

Overall these things will get you started on your fitness journey. Remember, it’s one thing to be physically strong but it’s another to be mentally strong.