2016 is almost over! Just a couple more days and then it will be the new year! A fresh start and all of the exciting energy that goes along with that! Have you set your goals for 2017 yet?
Every year, many people make the New Years resolution to “get fit!” which is great. Sadly, many of them won’t still be working on them one month later. Most resolutions get abandoned pretty quickly after the high from the increased motivation fades. So what can you do to make 2017 an even better year for you and your fitness?
Getting Fit in 2017
The last thing you want to do is make a resolution to “get fit.” Goals like that are impossible to tell if you have achieved them and it’s hard to stay motivated when you are working towards something so vague. Instead, think about what you really want to get out of your goals and your “why.”
Do you want to lose 50 lbs? Be able to do a pull-up? Run 5 miles? These are all goals that you can specify and actually say “yes, I achieved that!” It’s also much easier to determine the steps that you need to take to reach that goal when you have a clear goal in mind.
As I said above, your “why” is so important to achieving your fitness goals. It can be simple or complex, and it doesn’t have to be just one reason. What it does need to be is true to you. My why? To be able to be physically active with my future kids! That is my biggest one, but I do have others too 🙂 So really dig in and think about why you want to get fit and what exactly getting fit means to you!
Set Smaller Milestones
Let’s say that you want to be able to run 5 miles by the end of the year. Smaller milestones would be the stepping stones to get you to that goal. Maybe you could set one to complete a 5k training program by July. Another to compete in a 5k. And another to hit 4 miles. These give you things to celebrate and achieve along the way. A year can seem like a long time and your focus can shift away from your annual goal pretty easily during that time period.
Pushing yourself on your goals is great. You should push yourself! But you want to set goals that are reasonable too. You probably would not want to be 70 lbs overweight and not having worked out recently and setting a goal to complete an Ironman in 2017. Push yourself, but don’t set yourself up for failure.
Check in Regularly
Set dates throughout the year that you can check in with your goal progress. These can be anything from weekly to every couple of months, though I wouldn’t make them any less than that. Have your goals written out somewhere that is easy to see or access to make it even simpler! The key is that you want to keep your goals fresh in your mind and regularly being evaluating how well you are doing working towards them.
Will you be joining me in getting fit for in 2017?! I have already set my fitness goal for the year: to be able to do a full body-weight chin-up! What is your goal going to be? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!