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Revamping Resolutions: A Fresh Approach to Fitness Beyond New Year's



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Setting Achievable Targets: A Guide to Realistic Fitness Goals

Resolutions are the perfect way to set yourself up for failure - thanks, but no thanks! Did you know between 81% - 92% of all New Year’s resolutions fail? Why does this happen?

Resolutions are short lived, honeymoon phases where your excitement to change and hit your goals tapers because there wasn’t a set plan and you weren’t being held accountable (by yourself or someone else). It wasn’t tied to anything keeping you focused and on track. That babe, is where 


GOALS come into play!

 

Let’s say it together: Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based.

 

When you are thinking ahead to 2024 and how you want to look, how you want to feel and the kind of life you want to live, you need to create a goal.

 

Once you have a goal in mind, work backwards by plugging in what you need to do every day to achieve that goal. This provides you with a specific strategy for understanding exactly what you are working to achieve, specifically how you are going to achieve it (we call these action steps) and lastly, the deadline for hitting the goal (needs to be challenging and realistic).

 

Let’s work through an example together so you know what to do and what to avoid.


Defining Success: Crafting Clear and Achievable Personal Goals


If your goal is weight loss or eating healthy, you need to be specific!


Avoid vague goals like “I am going to lose weight in 2022”. “I am going to eat better.” Instead, create a specific goal to track and measure: My goal is to lose 12 pounds.” “My goal is to eat veggies at lunch and dinner every day.”


Mapping the Path: Outlining Action Steps for Your Goals



What are you personally going to do to achieve this goal? Pick three things you can realistically commit to and execute every day/week.


Again, avoid vague generalities like “I am going to exercise more”, “I am going to eat healthy

Get super specific so you know what you have to do every day / week to hit your goal:


“I am going to exercise 4 times / week: Monday + Wednesday mornings at 6:30am; Tuesday + Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm.”


“I am going to plan and prepare my breakfast and lunches for the week on Sundays and cook dinners on my day off.”


Time to Succeed: Establishing a Deadline for Your Goals

You’ve defined your goal, have your action steps and now, you need a deadline. This timeline is necessary for keeping you accountable and should be both realistic (understand how long it will take) and challenging (do not draw out the process).


Remember, goals must be attainable, realistic and challenging!  Be honest with yourself of what you can realistically commit to and achieve during that timeline. For example, if your goals are weight loss or fat loss, here are markers to gauge a healthy, appropriate timeline: Healthy + realistic weight loss goals:  1-2 lbs. per week

Put it all together, and your goal may look something like this:


My goal is to lose 4lbs by January 30. To achieve this goal, I am going to:

Exercise 4 times / week: (insert time and days)


Plan and prepare my breakfast and lunches for the week on Sundays and cook my dinners day of.  Commit to getting 7 hours of sleep Sunday Thursday.


Embracing the Journey: Progress Over Perfection in Goal Achievement



If setting a goal is NEW, take this one step at a time, one day at a time. And be realistic! Don’t over-promise or commit if you know it will never work. Take the time to understand what is going to work for YOU and accept this will come with some sacrifice.

 

Don’t forget- 2024 is the year of achieving your SMART GOAL(S)!

 

No more resolutions.

 

At BZF,  we help YOU make sustainable changes so you get the desired results! And if you need help with your health and fitness goals, that’s our specialty! Helping people like you live healthy, happy, and strong is WHY we do what we do! Regardless of your starting point, age, or fitness level, this is health and fitness made for YOU!



 



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