It’s one thing to make New Year’s resolutions, it’s entirely another to KEEP those resolutions. This new year why not try setting fitness resolutions that you can and will keep? In other words, top goal-setting expert, Tony Woodall, Founder and Host of “Goal Getting Podcast” (http://www.goalgettingpodcast.com/) says, “Don’t just set New Year’s Resolutions, set New Year’s Realizations.” So figure out a way to craft your resolutions for long term success.
Instead of saying to yourself, “I need to join a gym,” or “I need to work out more,” how about, “I’m going to find a class or activity that I can really enjoy?” Then get a buddy to go with and set a specific schedule, like Mondays 6 pm or whatever fits your schedule.
That’s what Woodall suggests. Make clear, specific goals that are a fit for your life. He further advises that writing down the specific actions you will take will give you the path to follow your plan.
If you’re one of the many who’s fortunate enough to have an in-house fitness center at your workplace, then find a class or activity that fits within your schedule there. If they have a noontime group fitness class, how about finding one you might like and giving it a try? Many corporate fitness centers now offer Zumba Fitness®, Yoga or Pilates. Strength training is another great option, and your bones and muscles will thank you, as well as your metabolism.
One of the main ingredients to long term success is going with a friend. The other two keys are: make it fun and make it regular. The fun factor creates an environment you will look forward to and will want to attend regularly.
Setting a regular schedule also provides more of an incentive because it’s already on your calendar.
Many researchers agree that converting motivation from extrinsic to intrinsic enhances repetition, or, in other words the creation of a new habit. Extrinsic motivation is something like getting a reward for taking a specific action. Intrinsic motivation has to do with finding the happiness from within so that you will find your own enjoyment, from the social aspect or from feeling better after working out.
The reasons I like group exercise classes are because of the music and the group contagion of smiles, encouraging people to get to know each other, so that soon enough you can make new friends and look forward to coming every week. That is how you build intrinsic motivation. Another obvious benefit is the way your body will feel and how much happier you will feel from the endorphin and dopamine rush, and how much better you will sleep. And, there’s an added bonus, if you are trying to lose weight or keep it off, fitness adds an important layer of physical support.
So this year when setting those new year’s fitness resolutions, remember these three tips:
Fun: find an activity you enjoy that mixes music and other people
Social: go with a friend
Specific Schedule: set a specific day and time and calendar it
This is how to set resolutions that will stick and work for you throughout the year.
Janice Litvin is Zumba® Fitness Instructor, as well as a wellness speaker, coach, and author who specializes in fitness and weight loss, and employee engagement. She can be reached at Janice@JaniceLitvin.com. Find out more at www.JaniceLitvin.com.