It’s that time of year! Our minds are brewing with New Year’s Resolutions and there’s a big majority of you who’ll set fitness goals. Well I’m here to tell you that when it comes to your resolutions, momentum is the key to success. How have your past fitness resolutions faired? Not good? Not what you expected at first? Did you start off well and slowly fade away from the ultimate goal? Don’t worry; you’re in the majority!
Having momentum on your side is crucial in fitness as well as most things in life. Let’s say the Saints rose from the dead this season, went on a 6 game win streak, and made the playoffs? After a 4-6 record everyone counted them out. To be able to turn the tide like this (hypothetically speaking), they would have to have taken every game as a single goal, building on each and correcting mistakes weekly. Would you feel good about the Saints chances after such a turnaround? I would. I would be thinking about a trip to Levis’ Stadium in February to watch my Saints in the Super Bowl. Let’s remember now it’s much easier for us to set and attain a fitness goal than this, but it’s nice to dream.
The point I’m really trying to get at is that after few or many failed attempts at fitness goals, you must try something new. If you set one huge goal, most times you’re setting up for failure. Setting small goals is the answer. Each individual achievement keeps you motivated to work harder. Vowing to take the 15 minutes you use watching the nightly news and turn it into some exercise time. You could even watch the nightly news and exercise at the same time. Meeting this goal will entice you to find more time in your day to exercise. This is just one of many examples. It’s the little battles that win the war.
Still, though, you would have a main long-term goal, but creating weekly goals and rewarding yourself could keep momentum on your side. After a while, without having accomplished anything while reaching towards that long-term goal you can get bored and unenthused about fitness. A simple trick to creating that long-term goal and associating it with short-term goals is to make a tree chart with your long-term goal, and follow through with small goals that will keep your head in the game. Break these down as small as you can and from there you can begin a venture of success through fitness by rewarding yourself for every bit of work you invest in yourself!
Written by STAR Personal Trainer, Chris