8 Tips To Help You Reach Your New Year’s Fitness Goals in 2017

By Jordan Sharp | 2016-12-21

New Year’s resolutions are always a hot topic for people come the end of each year. Losing weight, getting fit and joining the gym are often common goals for many people across the world.

But setting New Year’s resolutions can be quite tricky, and even trickier to follow if you set them out all wrong. With this concern on our minds, we’ve come up with a list that will see you meet your New Year's goals so you can be confident of a healthy and prosperous 2017.

1. Split your targets up over the year

After the end-of-year fun, it can be easy to make bold fitness targets to reach throughout the new year. As optimistic as this is, it often leads to a swift acceptance of failure and another new year resolution in the bin. Instead, set targets that are well within your reach and split them up over the year or as you go. Setting goals too far in the future often makes it easy to say “I’ll just start tomorrow”, when realistically we are just putting off an important day's worth of progress. Set monthly or weekly targets instead that are attainable and encourage you to put the work in.

2. Make your fitness goals realistic

If you’ve rarely partaken in any exercise over the past few years, don’t aim to run a marathon within a month, set targets that are well within your reach instead. If your aim is to get fitter and better at running, your target might simply be to run for half an hour on the treadmill at the end of the first month. This maintains your motivation and keeps your confidence high, in contrast to setting ridiculously hard targets that will eat up motivation and devour confidence before you’ve really got going.

3. Write stuff down

When you’ve got a tonne of stuff to do, do you ever write down all your thoughts before cracking on with them? It’s proven that writing things down can benefit the mind, here are some examples of how it can help:

  • It clears your mind
  • It makes a record of what you have to do
  • It will help you keep track of progress
  • It gives you a sense of achievement when you look back

A simple scribble on your notepad will increase your chances of sticking to your resolutions.

4. Fail to prepare, Prepare to fail

Writing down your New Year’s resolutions is the first step you need to take in preparation. The next step is mapping out how you’re going to achieve that particular goal. Don’t start thinking about it the night before you plan to take the first step, try to think about it in advance and really reflect and figure out exactly what you want to achieve.

If you want to lose weight, for example, plan out your weekly meals and calculate the macronutrients for each meal. Make sure you have all the relevant food in the house and then you’re ready to kick the next day off exactly how you planned. Likewise, map out the nights you plan on going to the gym. Not only will this organise you mentally, but it will mean you will be less stressed, have less work to do, and set you up perfectly to hit your new fitness goals!

5. Get your friends involved

Getting your friends involved in a fitness goal can be great fun and extremely rewarding. Training partners offer motivation and can give you the push you need to take your training up a notch.

New Year’s resolutions can sometimes increase your stress levels because you’re so intent on hitting those targets, but if you have a friend working towards a similar goal, it can take the pressure off and raise the general enjoyment of what you are doing.

So partner up, set a target and smash it!

6. Remember to reward yourself

It’s important to acknowledge your achievements and reward yourself appropriately. It’s a great feeling when you achieve a goal and should be celebrated - not by gorging on 5 pizzas, or drinking 10 pints of lager - but instead by buying a new pair of headphones or some new gym clothes. These incentives can drive you and help you achieve those all important goals.

7. Consider personal training as a serious option

If you’re new to the gym and you think you may need a hand in achieving your new year resolutions, or you simply want to take your training to the next level, personal training could be perfect for you. And with our new and improved website, we have made it easier than ever to find the perfect fitness professional for you.

Thousands of people use personal trainers every day to get into better shape, improve their fitness and boost their confidence, so if you’re looking for a serious training partner in the new year who will push you and guarantee results, look no further than Compare Fitness World.

8. Finally, have fun and don’t be hard on yourself

New Year’s resolutions aren’t there to prove your worth, they are simply there to increase your health and happiness, so don’t stress over them too much. See them there as a guide and try your hardest to make 2017 your best year to date.

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