New Year Blog

Happy New Year and welcome you to the January edition of the woMEn TIME blog. We are starting off the New Year with how to motivate and stimulate and keep you engage to achieving your news years resolution. We will discuss the importance of goals setting to keep you on track.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get healthy, build muscle or excel at a sport, SMART goals can be essential to how successful you are in achieving them. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

When you don’t have a specific goal, it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated. Keep in mind that you can have a variety of goals – Losing weight, getting in a certain number of workouts, improving your health or even just making better choices every day.

Before you start working out, take a moment and ask yourself these questions:

  1. What do I want to accomplish with this exercise program?
  2. Is my goal realistic and attainable?
  3. Do I know how to reach my goal?
  4. Do I have a timeline for reaching my goal?
  5. How will I reward myself when I get there?

For example, if losing weight is your goal you have to set yourself a realistic goal. Weight loss is often harder than we think and it’s usually slower as well. Experts recommend that you lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week, but it isn’t likely that you’ll lose 2 pounds every single week and many people find they actually lose about 0.5 to 1 pound on a good week.

Keep in mind that:

  • The more weight you lose, the harder it will be to lose more weight. The less weight your body has to move around, the fewer calories it will burn doing so.
  • The closer you get to your goal, the harder it is to reach it. There may be several reasons why you’re not losing weight and being aware of those pitfalls can help you avoid them, or manage them when they happen.
  • The weight you can maintain may not be the weight you want to be. We all have an exercise threshold – The amount of exercise we can comfortably fit into our lives. We can often stretch that threshold, but it’s important to know exactly where it is so you can decide if that’s realistic for you.
  • The scale isn’t always the best way to track progress, so be sure to use other tools to track your progress (how your clothes feel, tape measurements, etc.)

After you set your goal, the next step is to plan how your going to reach it. Fail to plan and you plan to fail.

Whatever your goal you need to do some research to figure out where to start. It’s helpful to know what you have to do before you get started. You may be surprised at the daily effort it takes to reach your goals and you may not realise that your body isn’t ready for the amount of exercise you need to reach them as quickly as you may like.

It takes time to build strength, endurance, coordination and it also takes time to get used to making exercise part of your life. Once you know what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, you’ll need some strategies for sticking with it:

  • Schedule your workouts
  • Set weekly goals and reward yourself each time you succeed
  • Work out with friends or family for added motivation
  • Recommit to your goals every day
  • Be prepared by always having your workout bag with you, bringing your lunch to work, etc.
  • Be prepared for those times when you feel like skipping your workout
  • Keep a food and workout journal to stay on track and measure your progress
  • Take your measurements regularly

So next time you’re having a review think about what you want to get out of your visits to the activities you a doing and how you can achieve your SMART goals.