New Year fitness countdown

When the bells start chiming to bring in 2013 will you be waking up the next morning with a head full of resolutions? If so, one of those resolutions will likely be to improve your health and fitness. Good intentions aside, the problem is that January is the month where the best laid plans of so many people are cast aside and forgotten as that pesky little thing called real life gets in the way. The solution? Start planning now!

Here are some ideas you can focus on as 2012 nears the end:

  1. Goals. Hardly an earth shattering idea but it’s amazing how many people do tend to think that vague notions of being healthy or getting fitter will spur them into action. They won’t. You could start a fitness journal and add in a list of your goals for the coming year. Writing this down cements it in your mind and fixes it in your psyche.
  2. Mini-goals. The way forward is one step at a time, rather than a giant leap forward. If you set yourself smaller targets along the way to a bigger one then you will feel a greater sense of achievement and motivation. By writing down these mini fitness goals you make the road to fitness seem shorter and more manageable.
  3. Assess yourself now. Not only do people often set unrealistic goals and need mini-goals to break down the process in a more doable way but they often don’t have a clear view of their present situation. It can be hard to be objective about yourself and this can manifest in not realizing how out of shape you are or having a skewed body image that isn’t going to take you in the right direction. Getting a professional assessment of your health and fitness status will stand you in good stead.
  4. Schedule. Everybody has a busy life and what you need to figure out is where pockets of time are available for your to work out. It’s all very well promising that you’ll forgo certain activities to make sure you are dedicated to keeping fit several times a week but time management and adjusting your schedule might be the key to success.
  5. Lifestyle changes. When it comes to health and fitness you can’t working out shouldn’t be isolated from the rest of your life. If you’re a party animal and have some not so healthy habits then these could have a knock-on effect to any fitness dreams you might have. Before you start to exercise take a look at what lifestyle changes need to be made too.
  6. Practical solutions. You’ve found the time, set the goals and know where you are at. You now need to have an idea of how you are going to go about your fitness resolution. Now is the time to be contacting gyms, personal trainers and finding out about fitness classes. The world of health and fitness is a big one and finding out what type of workouts will work for you might take time so don’t delay.
  7. Diet and nutrition. Have you ever come out of a fitness class only to tuck into a big chocolate bar or a cold beer? If you have an unhealthy diet or are lacking the right nutrients then this could be counterproductive to any exercise plans you have. You need to take an holistic approach to the new you in 2013.
  8. Motivation. What motivates you? Why do you want to look leaner, build up your muscles or feel more energized? You might have an upcoming life event in the new year that you want to be ready for, such as a special birthday or anniversary. You might have had a health scare and not want a repeat performance. Try and find some motivation that goes beyond the intrinsic value of keeping fit and healthy and is linked to what is going on in your life.

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