The year is almost over, and 2018 is just about here! With that being said, what sorts of resolutions have you made for the new year? Whether you want to shed a few pounds or just be able to do a number of push-ups in a row, we know we can help. If you have an interest in Pilates, it’s time to call Sculpt + Sweat! Our fitness classes may be just what you need to make your aspirations a reality.
With that said, we understand how quickly someone can fall off the fitness wagon and forget all about the resolutions they made to themselves. Today, we would like to help you learn some of the best ways to keep your fitness resolutions all year long. Read on!
Write it Down
Your goal should be able to be measurable, and it should also be written down where you can see it. In other words, saying “I want to lose weight” is not enough. Instead, try something more like “I want to lose 10 pounds over the next six weeks. I will do this by going to the gym three times per week and cutting fast food out of my diet. Then, I want to maintain this new weight for six months before setting any new goals.” By breaking everything down with specific measurements (time and weight, in this case), you will more easily be able to stay on track.
Choose a Manageable Goal
While your goal can be something a little far off, it shouldn’t be fantasy. For example, if you have never lifted weights, saying you want to compete in a competition in two months might not be the best decision. For most people, you can’t just switch off your old habits overnight. If you try to do so, you are setting yourself up for failure. In order to make your goals more long-lasting and sustainable, try to set little ones that will help you on your way to your big ones. For example, if you want to run a marathon, that’s awesome! Just try out some 5ks, 10ks, and a half marathon first in order to work your way up to that point. If you start by walking a few miles to jogging a few miles, then switch to running once that gets comfortable, you will find yourself getting better and better.
Break Down the Goal
By all means, set out on a crazy fitness adventure, but choose small goals along the way. If you want to be able to hold a plank for three minutes, you’ll need to get to one minute first. Not sure how to do this? Just set smaller goals throughout the year. Maybe you want to bench press another 80 pounds by the end of 2018. That’s great, but it seems a lot less scary to add about seven pounds per month to your exercise. Think about it in smaller chunks.
Reward Your Success
When you hit your goals, treat yourself! Of course, we don’t recommend choosing something that will undo all your hard work. The way to reward losing ten pounds is not to have three cheat days in a row at a pizza and beer buffet. Instead, spend the day shopping in Las Vegas, go see a movie, or even think about a weekend getaway. When you give yourself small rewards, you will be more excited to hit those milestones!
Think About Why You Want Your Goal
Why is it that you are making this resolution? Is it because you want to be able to pick up your child more easily, or is it so that you have a six-pack to show off when you hit the beach? While there is nothing wrong with either of these goals, one is much more likely to keep you motivated than the other. Instead of superficial reasons for your new goals, think about your health and fitness as a way to be happier. Regular exercise can improve your health, help you destress, and let you feel stronger in the body you’re in. These feelings are more likely to keep you motivated over just how you look in the mirror.
Come to Sculpt + Sweat in Las Vegas
We at Sculpt + Sweat invite you to come to our classes this new year! We look forward to helping your body strengthen and lengthen as we teach you proper Pilates techniques. Reach out to us today to learn more about our program! Check back soon for more tips on adhering to your New Year’s fitness goals.