Here are some tried-and-tested ways to finally achieve your fitness goals this year!
I’m sure you’re pretty familiar with the following scenario: a new year rolls around, and you commit to being healthier and fitter. You cut down on processed foods and you renew your gym membership. Everything seems to plod along fine for a couple of months, but before you know it, life starts to get in the way. Maybe work starts to get crazy-busy or your social commitments increase. Whatever it is, your grand plans for a healthy diet and regular exercise fall to the wayside. Again.
If that sounds like you, let me just say, “I feel you, buddy.” For years, I’ve made resolutions to eat better and exercise more but nothing really seemed to stick. However, I’ve soon discovered that there are several steps that need to be taken in order for our fitness goals to stick. Ready?
1. Be intentional
Saying things like, “I want to be fitter this year, ” or “I wanna eat more healthily, ” is too vague and doesn’t give you something tangible to work towards. It’s far more effective if you set a specific goal – for example, “I want to be able to comfortably complete a 10km run by June, ” or “I aim to eat four salads per week.”
2. Get accountable
Once you’ve set your goals, share them with others! This is especially helpful when you’re going through a funk, say, when you’ve hit a fitness plateau or when you’re feeling miserable and just want to gorge on that dessert buffet. By sharing your intentions with others, they can help keep you motivated and you’re less likely to throw in the towel. Getting accountable can be as simple as sharing your intentions on social media and updating your network with your progress, or engaging a professional (like a personal trainer or a coach) to help keep you on track.
3. Be kind to yourself
That said, we are all only human and it’s normal to fall off the bandwagon from time to time. Maybe you skipped the salad and went straight for the greasy burger, or maybe you were too tired to run all of last week. That’s okay! Instead of beating yourself up and giving up altogether, just remind yourself that it’s normal. It doesn’t mean you’re weak or ill-disciplined. Just pick yourself up and continue the journey.
4. Get a fitness watch
This step ties in with the first two steps of being intentional and accountable. With a fitness watch, you’re able to set specific fitness goals and track your progress, which helps you stay accountable to the people around you. But with so many different brands out there, how do you know which one works for you?
I recently tried the TomTom Spark GPS fitness watch, which comes with an integrated 3GB (approximately 500 songs) music player that you can listen to via Bluetooth earphones. It even comes pre-loaded with a 30-minute Running Trax, specially curated by Ministry of Sound. As someone whose primary fitness activity is running, having a music-enabled fitness watch was the perfect accompaniment for my long runs. Setting up the music player is easy – simply plug your watch into your computer, then drag and drop your iTunes or Windows Media Player playlist into the watch.
What I liked about the watch is how it caters to a variety of fitness activities, from running to cycling and even swimming. While I used it primarily for running, where I used it to monitor my timing or training goals, I also liked having the option of monitoring my heart rate during cross-training workouts such as during boot camp. By keeping an eye on my my target heart rate zone, I knew whether or not to crank up slow down the intensity of my workouts.
Apart from tracking workouts, the TomTom Spark GPS also monitors the number of steps you take each day as well as how many hours of sleep you get each night. This helps give you a more holistic overview of where you are on your journey to wellness. After all, good health is not just about exercising for a set amount of time. It’s also about moving your body often and getting adequate rest at night.
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