New Year! New You! Not That We Didn’t Like The Old You.
We all make New Year’s resolutions, but while there is little in the way of empirical science to back up the claim, it’s a safe bet that for most of us those resolutions are more difficult to keep then they are to make. But if your New Year’s resolutions are in the realm of physical fitness, Los Cab personal trainer Peggy Porcher has a few tips on how to create and achieve those goals.
- Consider a trainer. “A personal trainer will know how to approach your goals and break them down into manageable, realistic pieces,” she says. “They will also hold you accountable. They will measure and re-evaluate goals as needed and encourage you to attain your goals.”
- Bring along a friend. “Finding a workout buddy is very helpful. This way you have someone else to motivate you. It is helpful if you and your buddy have similar goals.”
- Enjoy it. “Find an activity or exercise you enjoy! If you don’t like what you are doing, chances are you will not stick with it. You have to find the workout that makes you feel good and that you also look forward to.”
- Be SMART. This is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound. “Basically, goals should be simplistically written and clearly defined. They should be measurable so that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished them – and they should be achievable, meaning they should stretch you slightly to feel challenged but realistic enough so that you can reach them.”
- Be realistic. “Goals should measure outcomes or results, not activities. And they should be linked to a timeframe that creates a practical sense of urgency.”