The clock ticked away and within days, we entered a brand new year – a year filled with a renewed sense of hope and excitement! One more opportunity to work towards a better, healthier, happier, and more peaceful us! And, it is the time to set new resolutions towards the betterment!
Mention the word resolutions, and fitness is the first word that pops up into my head. Many of us come up with ideas and promises to improve our health by changing our diets and beginning a new fitness regimen and so on! But many of us do not even stick to the plans after a couple of weeks! How can we change that? Are there any shortcuts? Well, no! What can we do to create a fitness resolution that is entirely in sync with our needs so that it is a lifetime solution and not just for the coming year?
Creating An Effective Fitness Resolution
It is a 6-step process. It could take a little time for you to get used it, but once in place, you’re in for a treat! So, let’s get started!
Tools You Need
- A Journal
- Color pencils
- Images/pictures from magazines
- Inspirational quotes
1. Set an intention
Why do you want to create a fitness resolution? This is the very first question you need to answer. Only when you know the answer to this, you’ll be able to come with a resolution that works the best for you.
Sit down in a comfortable place during a time where you can remain undisturbed for at least 30 to 40 minutes. Relax. All you need to do is to write down in your journal what your needs are.
Once you are satisfied, move to step
2. Evaluate your lifestyle and health
All of us are unique in our ways. We have different lifestyles, health issues, food consumption patterns, family backgrounds, workout regimens, etc. Hence, our fitness resolutions should also be unique.
Here are few questions that would give you an idea on how to evaluate your lifestyle and health –
- On a score of 0 to 10, how would you rate your diet? [0 being the worst and 10 being the best]
- Do you smoke or drink? If yes, how often?
- Do you have any health issues? If yes, are you on medications? If yes, for how long?
- Do you have a fitness routine? If yes, how long? And if no, why?
This will give you a clear idea of where you stand now and where you want to go.
3. Create goals
Break down your intentions into short-term and long-term goals, with the latter one lasting for over one year.
An example of a long-term goal would be to reduce 20 kg whereas a short-term goal related to the same would be lose 2 to 4 kilos every month or walk 45 mins daily. Keep the duration of short-term goals to a maximum of one week. Add one short-term goal, at a time, as you move closer to the long-term ones. Be precise in a very comprehensive, yet vivid way.
4. Put up motivation boards
Simple post-it notes here and there filled with affirmations are beautiful reminders and motivations to ensure that you do not stray away. You could also set reminders on your phone. Since the technology is pretty advanced, you could even join like-minded people on social media to keep you motivated.
5. Set reward points
Rewards are motivations. So every time you achieve a short-term goal, give yourself a bonus – a massage, a new dress, a book, new set of shoes – anything! This will motivate you to stay glued.
6. Make changes slowly
Take one step at a time. Do not rush. Now that you are aware of your health and lifestyle, let us start working on the changes you need to make. Write them down as vividly as possible. What would you like to manifest? What do you like to create?
How would you like your diet to be? You will never be able to find solutions in the same way you create the issue. So you have to change the way you enjoy food. So how do you want it to be? Instant diets do give you results, but these do not last long. Make changes slowly to give your body enough time to enjoy the changes and accept them.
It is now time for your exercise. What kind of activities do you enjoy? Yoga? Walking? Home-based exercises? Gym? Figure out! How often do you want to exercise? Finding a fun workout is the key to remain on track. Meanwhile, choose a routine that works well for you. Do not exercise for the sake of it; it will do more harm than good.
With all these six steps down in the journal, it is now time to add some motivational quotes and affirmations and pictures in your journal. Or even better, create a vision board for yourself. There are numerous examples available out there. So you are ready to get going!
Remember, fitness is not a one-time thing. It is a Resolution For Life. Start small and achieve your goals. Good luck!