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Posted on 02-17-2017

Hello Conscious Sol!

It has been a crazy start to 2017 already! This month I would like to share a guest blogger!

Enjoy this blog post and let me know if you have any questions!

Be Alive! Be Conscious! Be YOU! ~ Dr. Jodi

Keep It Small, Specific, and Streamlined for Better Fitness This Year

On December 31st we all polish off that last glass of champagne and that last piece of chocolate cake, swearing that the new year will bring about better eating habits and better overall health. We wake up on January 1st full of resolve, only to watch it slowly erode as the stresses of everyday life begin to pile up.

So you’re having trouble sticking to your New Year’s resolution to get in better shape? Join the club. A recent study suggests that around 9% of people are able to fully keep their resolutions. That may seem low, but there’s no reason you can’t be part of that admirable set.

Just because you’ve slipped up it doesn’t mean your entire New Year’s goal of better overall fitness is ruined. You can still turn this around and achieve the better you you promised yourself.

First off, start small. Take this advice from the American Psychological Association:

“Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym or pool instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.”

Many people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions because they make unrealistic resolutions. When it comes to fitness, people say that they want to lose 50 lbs, or get six-pack abs. Instead of making such lofty goals right off the bat, try something more attainable. Resolve to lose five lbs, or lose a quarter-inch of belly fat. Once you keep a resolution - no matter how small - it’s easier to build on that and achieve more ambitious goals.

Be specific. Which fitness resolution seems more easily kept? I’m going to get in better shape or I’m going to exercise three times a week? The first resolution is too generic. What does “better shape” actually mean? How do you know when you’ve reached that goal? What’s your benchmark?

The other goal, however, is easily tracked. Did you work out three times in the week? If so, you’re sticking to your goal.

It might help to think about resolutions with the SMART acronym: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

Don’t spread yourself too thin. Pick one or two achievable goals and stick to them. Starting off the new year by saying you’re going to lose X amount of weight, gain X amount of muscle, stop drinking altogether, run a marathon, etc. it becomes daunting. How can you possibly prioritize and make gains on any single task if you’re overloaded with them?

Keep it simple. It’s best to give yourself a timeframe for completing a goal and work hard toward that one specific goal. For instance, I’m going to learn to run three miles, continuously, by April 1st. This resolution passes the SMART test.

Most of all be patient, and don’t expect your life to completely change thanks to one New Year’s resolution. Start modest, and build on that. If you keep getting discouraged because you’re not seeing enough results fast enough, you’re going to have a hard time sticking to your fitness goal. Remember, the fact that you’re even trying is great. Start from there and you’ll have a better chance of success.

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Paige Johnson considers herself a fitness nerd. She shares a vision with LearnFit.org, which is dedicated to providing information on living a lifestyle that’s healthy for both our bodies and our planet. blogger contact email: p_johnson@learnfit.org

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