Tips For Sticking To Your New Year's Resolution

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With 2016 getting its final stamp and the new year right around the corner, many of you are are probably mapping out what you'd like to accomplish for this New Year's Resolution!

Whether you're coming off a successful year and looking to conquer new goals or starting from the ground up, there's one irrefutable truth that cannot be ignored; change is hard!

Close to one-half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, yet just a staggering 8% follow through and reach their goals!

We all have experienced this familiar cycle at least once; your motivation is incredibly high as January kicks off, only to find yourself derailed in a few months or worse weeks! The fact of the matter is, creating lasting change is less about willpower and more about designing smart, attainable goals!

While there's still time, stop settling for yet another average year and apply these methods to develop a plan that enables you to achieve your 2017 health and fitness goals!

Start Small

Many individuals start by making "all-or-nothing" yearly goals with a high rate of failure. Rather than trying to revamp your whole life/schedule right away - on your quest to drop 100 pounds- breakup the overall target into small monthly achievements. Keep them realistic and attainable, your motivation and confidence will grow each time you execute a short term goal!

If you're lost and unsure of where or how to start, get in touch with a certified personal trainer to help map out a plan that works for your lifestyle! Remember, "big things have small beginnings."

Write It All Down

Once the holidays are over life tends to ramp back up! In order to keep yourself on track its important to have reminders, keeping your goals at the forefront of your mind. Journals, pictures or even sticky notes can all be used as tools to help make the right decisions

Take some time to write down and illustrate how you're going to achieve your ultimate goal. Make it a point each day to rehash what it is you're trying to accomplish and how your progress is coming!

Team Up

You may know a friend or family member who has resolved to start a health and fitness program this year. Team up and begin this journey together! Going after your goals with a partner makes the process more fun and increases your likelihood of success. The only challenge here is that you'll have to find an exercise program that you both enjoy, however; a knowledgeable personal trainer should be able to balance both client's goals and scale training or nutrition when needed.

Studies have shown that exercise partners provide a support system, a positive social experience and inspiration. No matter how high your motivation is, there will always be times when you don't feel like working out and a partner can be just the voice of reason you need to push through!

Be Realistic

One of the biggest issues with health and fitness New Year's resolutions is they can be extremely impractical. Setting goals is a great idea, but make sure they're realistic and feasible, otherwise a big letdown is looming right around the corner! For example, dropping 15 pounds in six months is both reasonable and achievable. Conversely, setting out to nail your first triathlon by tax day is both unrealistic and dangerous for individuals new to exercise. Moral of the story is to start slow and build a solid foundation of fitness and build upon that foundation as your fitness level improves!

Ease Into It

Becoming healthy and physically fit is not something that happens overnight, you need to be commitment to developing a healthier lifestyle. There is a much better chance of you achieving success if you take it easy at the beginning. You may see pictures of very fit individuals or videos of highly intense workouts, all these people started somewhere just like you.

Just like we spoke about in the section above, focus on building a foundation. Make sure you have a strong base of the fundamentals and then begin to increase intensity, weight and frequency! This is a the beauty of working with a personal trainer, they know how and when to properly progress each client based off their individual needs.

Happy New Year from The Gym of Avon!