The New Year is officially here, and with that, many of us are thinking about our fitness and health goals. But before you head off to the gym or start a new health regimen, take a minute to think—what New Year's Resolutions did you set at the beginning of 2016 and where are you at with them now? The statistics may seem daunting—1 in 3 people give up on their New Year's Resolutions after January—but there are ways to make sure you reach the health & fitness goals you set now. We've tapped business and health industry experts for tips to accomplishing your mission James Bond style.
In business, it's a common practice to create S.M.A.R.T. goals - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely. First, specify what you want to accomplish and why, the requirements for reaching that goal and constraints that may keep you from reaching it. Then figure out how you're going to measure your progress. Does this feel like something that's challenging, but still realistically reachable? And lastly, set a time frame for this goal to create urgency.
Make It Tangible
If you have reminders of your goal in forms that you can experience with your senses, you're more likely to reach them. By simply writing your goal down with positive language ('I will' vs. 'I want to'), you're making the goal visible to you. Perhaps you put it in an area that you frequent often, or maybe even share it on social media to create accountability for it.
Often what's so intimidating about New Year's resolutions is that you have a whole 365 days in front of you. It's tough to think you'll be able to make it that far. Set a goal for yourself that you feel you can reach. Thinking, "I'm going to hit the gym 3 times this week," is challenging, but more immediately achievable. You'll be able to feel the satisfaction of completing a goal, and can then set a new challenge the next week.
Set a Check-In Time & Stick To It
Like we mentioned earlier, when was the last time you checked in on the resolutions you set in January? Without a designated time to assess where you're at with your goals, it's hard to stick with them. To hold yourself accountable on bigger, long terms goals, set designated check-in times throughout the year.