We are back to share with you the next post in SAMLARC’s blog series – Health and Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle! As you start the New Year with goals in mind, here are a few tips to achieve your objectives and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Take a look at what this health and wellness expert has to share about staying true to your goals in 2018!
3 Ways to Encourage Health & Fitness Success in 2018!
Kristy De Leon | Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Rapid Results Weight Loss Coach, Virtual Nutrition Business owner and SAMLARC Community Lifestyle Committee Member
The New Year has begun, and like many others, I have set my health & fitness goals for 2018. About 40% of Americans create goals for the New Year, but sadly, research from the University of Scranton found that only 8% of people actually meet their goals. That is such a small percentage! It is sad to think about all the important and life-changing goals that have fallen by the wayside. However, I believe that it is not too late to realign your goals. There are 3 key things that you can do to encourage health & fitness success with your goals this year!
1. Create a clear goal.
This might sound silly, but a big reason why people can’t achieve their goals is because the goals are not well-defined. You must be able to see the target so that you can reach it. It is important to be clear with yourself and create a tangible goal. If your goal is weight loss, saying, “I am going to try to lose some weight” is too vague and doesn’t create a mental or visual connection with the goal. Rather, a statement like this would increase your chances of attaining your goal: “I am going to lose 10 pounds by April so that I can fit back into my favorite pair of shorts.” The statement is clear, creates a mental image by giving a tangible goal and has a deadline.
2. Set a realistic deadline.
If you don’t give yourself a deadline, you end up creating a mental loophole that will easily allow for excuses that sabotage your ability to stick to your goals. Research shows that people perform best when they have structure and boundaries, which is what a deadline can bring to our lives. The deadline might create some uneasiness at first, but this self-enforced pressure will increase your chances of reaching your goal. It is when we are a little uncomfortable that we begin to search for ways to restore comfort in our lives. Both the goal and deadline must create some discomfort in order to ignite the motivation to accomplish it. Remember, the deadline must be realistic or it will backfire. We will move into a place of defeat and give up if our minds decide that there is no way we can meet the deadline. I encourage clients to set a 90-day goal for weight loss, and then I encourage them to break that goal down into a bite size goal. For instance, within the 90 days, my clients could start by aiming to lose 5 pounds in the first 30 days. This method makes weight loss more attainable and gives greater confidence that the goal will be met.
3. Get support.
Doing things alone might be easier, but it also decreases your chances of being successful. There are three easy ways to get support. First, share your goal with a friend or family member who will keep you accountable. Second, do your workouts in a group setting or go walking with a friend. Finally, use technology to help you keep track of calories, steps, etc. By sharing your goal with someone or working out with others, you can greatly increase your chance of success. Getting support creates an accountability system and mentally re-enforces the commitment to your goal.
When our health & fitness goals are present in our lives through multiple streams (i.e. keeping a food log, checking in with a friend to share your progress or sharing on social media), the goals become targets that are always within sight. If we don’t see our goals daily, it is easy to fall back into bad habits that will sabotage your goal or cause you to forget about your goal altogether. Reaching your New Year’s goals is all about consistency and the willingness to do things differently. With these 3 tips, you have a few essential tools to make this year the best one yet!
The views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily shared by the SAMLARC Board of Directors or FirstService Residential California, LLC.