It’s that daunting time of year again when everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions and how they’re going to make their life so much better in 2019. But don’t let this intimidate you – lifestyle and fitness goals don’t have to be utterly groundbreaking or the perfect solution to all your struggles. As a team of women who are here to push, empower, and inspire you to be healthy in both mind and body, Her Gym is here to help you start 2019 on your best leg – and not get burned out in the first month.
1. Reflect and Be Honest
What were some of your happiest memories from 2018? These are the moments you want to replicate. What are some of the issues you struggled with? These are the actions you want to address in 2019. It can be difficult to think about areas of your life that challenged you last year, but it’s important to be honest with yourself so you can work on these areas in the months to come.
For example, if you feel like you struggled to make it through long bike rides or hikes with the family, one of your 2019 fitness goals could be to increase your cardio workouts each week. If your stress levels were at an all-time high, it may be best to focus on mental health and relax in a med spa or recharge your batteries in a group BodyFlow class.
Take 15 minutes to reflect on the past year. Then, make two lists: one with activities you excelled in or that made you happy, and another with activities you struggled in. Your 2019 lifestyle goals should include activities from both of these lists to make sure you’re pushing yourself to become better and stronger, but also to help you stay confident and enjoy the activities that make you shine.
From meditating to eating healthier to trying new hobbies, there’s an infinite amount of lifestyle and workout goals you can choose from. This is why it’s important to choose two or three fitness goals for 2019 that you can focus on, and eventually, excel in. Remember to strike a healthy balance between broad and specific: for example, use “increase my core strength” instead of “become physically stronger” or “do 50 sit-ups every day” (trust us, you’ll get burned out on sit-ups very quickly).
Trying to juggle a dozen New Year’s resolutions can become stressful and discouraging and actually make it easier to quit. Choosing a small handful of fitness goals for 2019 will make you more mindful and motivated.
3. Focus on the Long-Term
According to U.S. News, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week in February. So how do you stay true to your 2019 health and fitness goals? By focusing on a long-term strategy.
If losing weight is your goal, focus on smaller increments each month, rather than losing it all in January and slowly gaining it back throughout the year. If you want to be more mindful this year, plan a couple excursions each month, such as a hiking trip or a yoga class or a visit to the local art museum, and put these on your calendar to make sure you don’t forget.
Set a reminder on your phone that repeats once a week. Then, write in a journal what you did well or poorly that week, along with what you can work on next week. This will help you stay accountable and reflect on your progress.
4. The Best Goals Aren’t Always the Hardest
It’s not always beneficial or realistic to create goals that challenge you to the extreme. After all, how many people have said they’re going to climb Mt. Everest “someday”? The key to succeeding in your New Year’s resolution is choosing goals that, with dedication and determination, you can physically and mentally achieve.
And remember: there are always enjoyable ways to reach your goals. Invest in activities you enjoy, whether it be rollerblading with friends, making your favorite healthy smoothie recipes, or listening to an interesting podcast on your way to work. A TRX or spin class may seem grueling at first, but when it’s over, those positive endorphins will be flowing and you’ll be one step closer to meeting your objectives.
Whether your goal is to sweat more, tone up, or get your namaste on, our classes can help you succeed. Click here to get a free 7-day pass to Her Gym and see how our equipment, instructors, and philosophy can help you become a healthier, stronger woman in 2019.