Tips for keeping fitness goals on track
It’s official – 2020 is here and all those goals for the new year are set and ready to go!
Perhaps the most-often set goal is to get healthy. Our bodies are important and keeping them running properly is an essential thing to focus on year-round, so establishing a goal that can be achieved is key.
JODY SPRINGER, owner and instructor at FIT4MOM Wilmington, offering fitness classes for moms through pregnancy and beyond, knows how our busy lives can get in the way of our goals, so she has some tools to help us overcome obstacles this year.
“The new year always brings a sense of fresh starts and opportunities to ‘do-over’ what we screwed up the year prior,” Springer says. “Be it nutrition or fitness, failure seems to follow in these areas because of the too-lofty and not always well-defined goals we set on the front end.”
“We set ourselves up for early failure and, at the first slip up, we give up,” she adds.
Springer recommends her clients set “SMART” goals defined as Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
“Saying ‘I’m going to exercise more’ or ‘I’m going to eat healthy’ aren’t SMART goals,” Springer says. “Instead, reframe it to say, ‘I am going to go for a brisk 20-minute walk every Monday and Wednesday after work for one month’ or ‘I am going to plan and prepare for healthy breakfasts Monday-Friday for one month.’”
Taking large goals and breaking them into smaller ones will make it easier to push yourself to the finish line, she says.
“Approach those goals with a set end date that’s just four weeks out and then plan to refocus and change it up when you get to the end,” Springer says. “At FIT4MOM, we offer monthly assessment days for clients to come and find their starting place and track progress. We acknowledge that busy mom life will undoubtedly get in the way sometimes, but combating it on the front end with a plan to overcome obstacles and remember why it is important makes those slip-up moments feel less like a giant fail because you’ve already got a plan in place to get back on track.”
Baby steps are allowed, so do not feel as though a massive change is necessary – even the smallest changes can lead to big results.
“We know some days just getting out the door is half the battle, and we’re here to celebrate with you just showing up and make the most of our time together,” Springer says.
Being healthy goes far beyond the scale. It can affect every area of your life, so it is important to give it the time and attention it deserves.
“Fitness, to me, is 100% responsible for my mental and emotional health,” Springer says. “If I’m off my game in making my exercise time a priority, my sanity seems to slip, too, thus leading into all other areas of my life not feeling my best. Additionally, I know that setting that example for my kids is equally important. Seeing me take time for myself and for my health lets them know it is a part of the day.”
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