How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution

It’s November, which means we are getting really close to the holidays and slowly creeping closer to the New Year! Of course, for many this means new years resolutions must be set.

Everyone knows that fitness and health resolutions are among the most common. In January gyms fill up with newcomers wanting to start their year off on the right foot, but sadly by mid February most people are back to their old habits.

Instead of setting New Years resolutions, why not build momentum for the New Year and set goals now? Start the holidays right and you won’t feel that dreaded pressure in the New Year.

One of the most common reasons that people fail with their new years resolutions is that they are often not realistic when they set their goals in the first place, and they set out to do too much too fast. Simply joining a gym in hopes to lose X number of pounds is not enough: what program are you going to follow when you get to the gym? Can you motivate yourself to go to the gym on your own, or is a group fitness program a better option for you?

Here are some tips for setting your goals:

Be specific. Ex: I want to feel healthier, build strength and have more energy and I will achieve this by joining the Best Body Bootcamp, attending all classes and following the nutritional advice that they provide.

Make sure that your goal is measurable so you can see your progress. This means writing down how you feel, taking measurements or testing your abilities when you start and keeping track of your progress.

Be realistic and make sure that your goals are achievable in the time frame you have set or at least realistic to your lifestyle

The relevance of your goal is also very important. Setting a goal to have a six-pack in 4 weeks, when all you really want is more energy to play with your kids, makes the six-pack becomes irrelevant.

Make sure that you set time frames to your goal otherwise it will be weighing down on you for a lot longer than you bargain for.

Also determining why you are setting a given goal is crucial to being able to follow through to the end. More importantly, if you don’t have a good enough reason why you are doing something you will most likely see it as a chore rather than something that you need to achieve because you are passionate about it or because it will change your life for the better.

Look amazing, feel great, and have a blast with Best Body Bootcamp. Next Indoor Bootcamp starts January 11th. Sign up now and enjoy Total Body Conditioning for Men and Women at one of our 10 indoor locations at bestbodybootcamp.com.

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