THIS YEAR I WILL…

challengeSo we are January 1st and most people will (if already did not) make some type of resolutions.  A lot of them will be fitness related.  The fitness industry will encourage them with the big “New year, new you” slogan.  I used to make fun of resolutioners because I hated the January crowded gym, but looking back I realize that it is not a bad thing. Seriously, if out of a hundred about 3 people stick to the new routine, well, it is 3 more people on the right path than the last year.  Here is my way to see resolutions and how to stick with them.  

First do not call them resolutions, see them as challenges for the year. Make sure to ease into them – you want to get into the routine.  For example, if you want to cut down from eating 12 cookies a day to none, doing it at once can be seen as a big challenge, but if you cut one cookie a day for 12 days, at least to me, it seems much easier.  

Also do not plan too many new challenges for January 1st. If you have too many, you could start some of the new ones next month, but be sure to write them down.  Writing challenges downs is also a great way to commit to them, having a written reminder somewhere you can see often will motivate and encourage you. Another good idea is to tell people in your life about your new challenges so they can support you and make you accountable.  

Make sure to have a step-by-step plan for your new challenge.  It is ok to want to run 5km in 30 minutes by June or to lose 10lbs before swimsuit season, but how are you going to get there?  If you divide your big challenge in smaller challenges, they will be more attainable and you will see the success of your efforts more often.

Be sure to be flexible. Life gets in the way of the challenges, but that is a part of  the process, so just accept it and get back on track as soon as possible (even if that means making some adjustments).  Injured yourself while running? Try swimming or even water running.  Missing some motivation for riding on your trainer? Join a spin class.

For me this year, my challenges will be to swim at least 3 times a week, prioritize quality over quantity and work on my run endurance.  How I will do that?  I will write my weekly schedule every Sunday making the needed changes, so that I have many swim options, and I will make sure to have a workout plan for every sessions on my schedule. And to improve my run I will try in May to have a running block where I will run at least 4 times a week.  

How will your 2016 go? Make sure to share your challenges for the year in the comments box below!

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