Do you have a New Year resolution to get healthy and fit in 2019? So do we!
Here’s our list:
1. SET GOALS
Most people set somewhat vague resolutions like ‘lose weight’ or ‘get fit’ instead of focusing specifically on what they are going to change. It is much more successful if you know exactly what you are going to do by setting a specific goal, for example, reduce your alcohol to a specific amount, and only on weekends.
2. START SMALL
It is easy to set big, ambitious goals at this time of the year. But a big goal like ‘lose 10 kilos’ can seem a bit overwhelming unless you break it into smaller steps you can achieve each week. This goal might be broken down into a monthly goal such as ‘lose two kilograms by the end of January’ and weekly goals like ‘do a three kilometre walk at least three times per week’.
3. GET SUPPORT
Getting your friends and family on board, as their support you can make all the difference! Going for a walk with a friend for example, is much more fun and can keep you motivated. A four-legged friend can be great for this too!
4. MEASURE YOUR SUCCESS
After setting your goal, it’s crucial to monitor your progress. Stay accountable! For example, if you are aiming to do a three kilometre walk three times a week, you may want to track your walks on a calendar or fitness app. To see whether you’ve achieved the two-kilogram weight loss, you’ll need to check your weight regularly.
5. EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
Setting unrealistic goals can reduce your confidence and make you feel deprived of your favourite foods. For example, instead of working towards cutting out chocolate entirely, it is more realistic to have it in small, healthy amounts like four squares per day. Even if it’s been a particularly bad day, you’ll thank yourself later.