Whatever your health goals are for 2016, we have a foolproof guide to help you keep your resolutions and get the most out of the hard work you put in to change your lifestyle for the better.
Identify Your Goals
Knowing exactly what you want is the first step to achieving it. Having specific short-term and long-term goals helps keep things into perspective. Knowing what you are working towards is much more motivating than aimlessly trying to be healthier without really knowing why or how you will get there.
- Short-Term Goal: Run 2X per week
- Long-Term Goal: Join a Half-Marathon
What Are Your Triggers?
If your goal is to eat clean, falling off track and having a cheat meal is often so much more about the triggers around you rather than about the food itself. Ruling out what triggers you to become demotivated is a great way of staying focused and preventing future relapses.
|Possible Triggers||Possible Solutions|
|Eating out with friends||Suggest restaurants with healthy options and use our healthy dining out guide|
|Long days at work||Pack and prep your food for work|
|Unhealthy food in the kitchen||Clean out your kitchen cupboards|
|Stress eating||Exercise to de-stress instead|
Plan It Out
If you don’t have a solid, well-planned routine set in place that fits in with your lifestyle you won’t be able to keep up with eating healthy and working out no matter how much you try. Whether you decide to get a customized workout and nutrition plan to complement your goals or plan and prep your weekly meals yourself, it is important to know what steps you will be taking each day to become healthier. It is also equally important to be realistic and give your body days off to indulge and enjoy the not-so-healthy treats that you love.
Monitor Your Progress
Seeing results is usually people’s main motivator to keep going and improve within their health game. Monitoring your progress is not just about the number on the scale. It’s important for you to see how far you have come and also to identify what is not working so well for you. Once a month is usually a good time to be able to see measurable differences in how you look and how you feel.
- Write down how you feel/look (differences in digestion, skin condition, energy levels) once a month
- Keep track of personal records (PR’s) at the gym
- See how your clothes fit
- Do you feel happier with a healthy lifestyle?
If you are regularly monitoring your progress and are not seeing the results you want, then it is time to look at how you can change what you’re doing. Your body will plateau if you don’t consistently challenge it in different ways in becoming fitter and stronger.