How to set a fitness resolution you can keep in 2018

By: Women's Care Florida Staff

If you’ve broken a New Year’s resolution before, you’re not alone; 80 percent of all New Year’s Resolutions are broken by the time February comes around.

In 2018, you have a new chance to keep your resolutions. This year, make it easier on yourself to succeed by making the right resolutions for you. Instead of making a year-long, general goal like “get fit,” try making more personalized resolutions using the techniques below.

Make monthly fitness resolutions

A year is a long time to keep your eye on the prize. Instead, set a different fitness resolution for each month of the year. Think ahead about what your life might be like during that month and set goals that will be fun and realistic to achieve.

For instance, running a 5K in January may not be fun in the cooler weather. Instead, make your January resolution something you can do indoors, like completing an aerobics workout video three times a week or lifting weights at the gym. You can make running a 5K your resolution for a warmer month.

Each monthly resolution moves you toward becoming more fit, but helps you have an easier time sticking to each goal. Even if you hate lifting weights, you know that you only have to do it for a month before trying something else. With any luck, at the end of the year you will know what exercise you like best and can make that exercise a part of your routine in 2019.

Choose S.M.A.R.T. resolutions

S.M.A.R.T. goals can be used for every aspect of your life, whether you set a business goal or a fitness resolution. These goals are:

•    Specific
•    Measurable
•    Attainable
•    Relevant
•    Timely

S.M.A.R.T. goals are effective at helping you set and keep your resolutions, providing you with more direction than the vague and almost useless resolution of “get fit.” An example of a S.M.A.R.T. fitness resolution would be:

“I’m going to walk one mile (specific) three times per week (measurable) for the month of January (timely) because it will help me improve my fitness (relevant).”

Because this goal is clear and simple, it’s also attainable. And you can build on your success. Maybe in February, you choose to walk one-and-a-half miles three times per week. Each month you can update this goal, maybe switching to jogging or adding more walks to your week.

What’s important is you know exactly what your goal is, why it is your goal and what you have to do to achieve it.

Make one change at a time

If you don’t want to use monthly goals or S.M.A.R.T. goals, just remember to make one change at a time. If in January you decide to quit smoking, work out three times a week and go on a diet, you’ll be too stressed by the end of month to keep any of these goals.

Change one small behavior at a time. Once you feel confident in that behavior change, make a new change. If you quit smoking, for instance, it may take you a few months to feel like you have comfortably kicked the habit. Once that’s done, you can add exercise into your week, too.

Remember, your physician can be your partner in setting and keeping fitness resolutions. For help creating a fitness plan that’s right for you, schedule an appointment or find a physician at Women’s Care Florida today.