by: Brandon Nguyen, Director Of Operations
Redefine Your Possible
So you’ve decided to turn over a new leaf this coming year. You’re going to get into shape, maybe lower your body weight, and follow a fitness routine. You’re in good company! Many of our friends (and some of our staff) in the endurance athlete community started their fitness programs for exactly the same reason. So you’ll find plenty of support among us to turn your resolution into real, rewarding fitness gains. Since a few of us have been down this road, we put our heads together and came up with some tried and true advice on how to make a New Year’s Fitness Resolution stick.
Set a Realistic Goal
Your fitness routine should have a goal or a set of goals. A routine by itself is easy to give up on when life intervenes. And life will surely intervene–a cold, a business meeting, a list of chores, whatever it may be. Any of these can derail your new-found fitness habits by themselves. But a goal in front of you, something you want to achieve, will keep you motivated and allow you to see the ‘big picture’ of your fitness routine.
The goal can be a target weight six months from now, an Ironman in two years, or anything in between. Just make sure it’s a realistic target for you and one you will enjoy working towards. Set yourself up for success. And if aren’t sure what’s realistic, come in and ask us. We’d love to help.
Make a Plan (and Write it Down)
Once your goal is defined you’ll need a plan to follow so that you can reach your goal. You can think of the plan as a set of mini-goals; each week is a milestone that brings you closer to the ultimate destination. Write this plan down. Writing down your plan makes it tangible. Like looking at a map, you’ll see the path that takes you there. Once you have it finalized, put it on display somewhere that you’ll see it daily. This will reinforce your motivation.
And once again, if you need help, many of us have done this in the past and would be happy to assist you.
Don’t Go It Alone
It takes three weeks at least for a new habit to set. Yes, this might be an old wives tale, but those old wives are worth listening to. So tell your friends, relatives, and significant others about your goal. Tell your dog, if you have one. Stop by the store and tell us about it. Put it on the calendar that everyone in your family sees. Part of any successful fitness routine is the support you get from like-minded athletes and the people who want you to succeed.
Add accountability to your plan by joining a team. Our Redefine Your Possible Team enjoys weekly team workouts and a fun and supportive community atmosphere.
Keep Moving Forward
Everything was going well, but then you slacked off for a day (or four) in your training. You ate a doughnut (or four) at work.
Don’t worry. Really don’t. A little bump in the road is just that and nothing more. We all have them. Unless you’re defending Sparta from the Persians with only 300 scantily-clad friends, you don’t need to let a dip here or there weigh on your conscience. You are getting fit. One day back into your routine and guilt will fade like the mist as your breath hits the air on your morning run.