Hello, Fitness Fanatics! Welcome to August, the month that highlights that you are more than halfway closer to achieving your New Year’s fitness resolution, or you’ve completely missed the mark. But, never fear! Whether you’ve played hooky all summer or let your PH360 membership lapse, August is the perfect time to jumpstart your fitness plan and get back on track.
Here are three tips to get you up and out without overdoing it and quitting again.
RECONNECT TO THE “WHY” FACTOR
Before you jump into your workout clothes or reactivate your gym membership, reconnect with “why” you are working out, and make sure it’s the “right why.” What may have motivated you 6 months ago may be very different today. Which means, the plan to reach the goal will be different. So, ask yourself, why are you jumpstarting your goals?
- To fit into a smaller dress or pair of pants
- To be able to run a marathon
- To be able to climb stairs
- To lower your cholesterol or blood pressure
- To stay in shape
- To simply live longer
FYI: Take out a piece of paper and write down your current fitness goals and list the “why” for each, in detail.
RE-EVALUATE YOUR FITNESS PLAN
Your January fitness plan may have been filled with ambitious goals, awesome food plans, and fitness friends to help you to stay motivated. But, a lot of time has passed since you passionately put pen to paper to change your life. What does this mean? It’s time for a mid-year check-in. Here’s how it helps:
- You have months under your belt to use as evidence of what has worked and what hasn’t.
- Maybe a certain fitness class isn’t challenging enough or makes you uncomfortable. Find the classes that work for you, the ones that will ensure that you remain committed.
- Modification is key along the way. It allows your goals to change as your life and circumstances changes.
TIP: Use your past experiences to modify and adjust to a routine that makes sense for your current needs and lifestyle.
START THINKING ABOUT YOUR 2019 RESOLUTIONS
The best way to ensure success with your current goal is to have another related goal waiting in the wings. If you have a goal to complete a 5K, 10K or a full marathon, you have to start with consistent running goals and then making them a natural part of your life. A few tips:
- Be intentional with your goals. It will help to ensure that they last beyond to the end of the year.
- Connect your current goal to a future goal to ensure that you stick with and get to the finish line and get through to begin next year’s plan.
- Evaluate how your current fitness goals fit into the overall story of your life. That way, your motivation will guarantee future success.
Sources: mindbodygreen.com, shape.com, fitforlife.com