18 Dec 2017
Start Fresh At Reunion
It’s that time of year again – you know, the time when you realize that you have more junk food than healthy food in your pantry, you pay a monthly membership to a gym or studio that you’ve barely been to, and the baggy clothes are getting a lot more traction than the fitted clothes in your closet.
So while it’s true that most of us make the resolution every January to “eat better and get in shape,” research has shown that about 25% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week and 65% abandon them within 6 months.
“But this year will be different!” you might say. Well, if that’s the case, more power to you. And if you are truly serious about shedding a few excess pounds and gaining a few muscles, we have a few handy strategies to help you reach your goals.
Don’t just say “I’m going to lose weight.” How are you going to lose weight? Eat less? Exercise more? Get even more specific – “I’m going to cut sugar and carbs out of my diet,” or “I’m going to run a 10K in May.” Make sure the goal is realistic, and then pinpoint exactly how you’re going to reach that goal. It helps to break it down into steps, such as “Get rid of all the sugary snacks in my cabinets,” and “Set the alarm for 7a.m. so I can run along Reunion’s beautiful trails before I go to work.”
Find Support in Friends and Family
Be vocal about your resolution. If your goal is to bike 100 miles or lose 15 pounds by switching to a paleo diet, then tell your friends and family members. This helps them understand what you’re trying to accomplish and it helps keep you accountable because you don’t want to look like a slacker. Of course, you’ll find the fitness resources you need with our pros at the Rec Center.
Write Them Down
According to researchers, people who write down their goals are 45% more likely to achieve them. Write them down and put them up somewhere you can see them every day, such as a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or your refrigerator door.
Track Your Progress
Break your whole process down into bite-sized pieces. Count every lost pound as a milestone. Count every early morning at the gym as a stepping stone to success. Write down what you will do to reward yourself when you reach your goal: “As soon as I lose 10 lbs, I’m going to go shopping for new clothes.”
Nobody’s perfect, so you might slip up from time to time. But don’t turn a temporary failure into an excuse to give up. It’s okay to have a slice of cake at your boss’s birthday celebration. It’s okay that you overslept that one morning you were supposed to go on a long bike ride. Acknowledge it happened and then get back to your routine.
Remember – achieving your goals isn’t about willpower. It’s about using strategies that work for you. We hope these recommendations inspire you and help you reach your fitness goals for 2018. At Reunion, we want you to succeed and we’ll root for you every step of the way. See you in the new year!