Hello everyone and welcome to the last post of this year from the Health Heads. We wish all our readers a happy, fit and healthy new year. After all health is wealth!
Today we are sharing 5 tips to make your health and fitness resolutions stand the test of time, not just a flash in the pan.
The more detailed your resolutions or goals are, the more likely you are to achieve them. Create process (short term) goals, this way you can tick them off as you go and gain confidence. For example if your goal is to squat 70kg, aim for 50kg initially and increase the weight gradually, setting new weight targets each week. Making a realistic goal will guarantee success, make it a challenge but not too extreme.
“A dream without a goal is just a dream”
Train with company
Find a training partner or a club to train with. There has been numerous studies done by sports psychologists, looking at the effect training with a person has on the brain. Training with a person or group, makes the effort seem easier and keeps your brain focused more on the task in hand. Commiting to meet with a club or friend will ensure that you stay motivated and stick to your training plan.
This seems like a no brainer, but it should be the cornerstone of every workout you do. Ask yourself “Do I really enjoy doing this?”, if your answer is yes then stick with it. If the answer is “no” or “meh”, then try switching it up and trying a new form of exercise. There is no right or wrong type of exercise, but to ensure enjoyment and motivation, it is best to stick with an enjoyable one!
Get a coach or training plan
We will be discussing how to create tarining plans in the new year, but in the meantime find a coach or personal trainer or create a training plan. If you don’t have a written plan, then there is no direction to your training and failure is almost inevitable. Keep it very simple and either change volume or intensity of training each week, not both. Write down your day to day training and weekly goals, to help you stay on track.
Keep a diary
Track your day to day training by using an app like http://www.strava.com or a fitness tracker app or writing it down in a journal. Comment on how you felt during the workout, the conditions or any other comments. This will be invaluable to look back on in the future and will properly track your progress.
If you have any specific questions or experience with goal setting, let us know below!
Happy new year everyone and once again thank you for reading our blog.
Until next year,
Happy new year and happy training!
The Health Heads 🙂
Stephen and Catherine