As 2021 begins, countless people will set goals for the new year. 2020 was a challenging year. Practically every month they presented new challenges to face and overcome. Naturally, due to the nature of the year (largely thanks to the global pandemic), people did not achieve many of their goals. Fitness goals were also difficult to maintain, as most gyms were closed most of the year.
The start of a new year is always promising. People are more determined than ever to move forward with their New Year’s resolutions. However, the fact that a new year is about to begin does not mean that the same challenges have disappeared. It can still be difficult to keep the motivation for the new year for many. After all, almost 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail the first week of February.
Here a Fitness Nation, we understand how difficult this last year was for just about everyone. While many people could have achieved their goals by 2020, 2021 is a new year. We understand the momentum and determination to keep you motivated throughout the new year, which is why we are here to offer you some helpful tips to keep you going.
1.) Set SMART goals
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Limited. In setting goals, we understand the desire to make them big for the new year. However, the bigger your goals, the more likely you are to give up. Unfortunately, if your goals are too high, they will become unattainable, which will quickly discourage you.
Set specific goals with a fixed endpoint. For example, if you want to lose weight, set a number, such as 15 pounds. Not only is it specific, but it is easily measurable. Plus, it’s easier to get than saying you want to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year. Also, give yourself a timeline. Instead of telling yourself, “I’m going to lose weight this year,” say, “I’m going to lose 15 pounds by the end of April.”
2.) Set new goals
To avoid the first tip, set new goals throughout the year. You should set SMART goals earlier this year. These goals should be achievable for you. In many situations, you can get there earlier than expected. So what? Set new goals.
Setting new goals every couple of months spices up your plan by giving you something new to work on, and boosts your confidence as you’ve already achieved something. Set smaller, more achievable goals throughout the year to stay motivated.
3.) Get a liability partner
Everyone’s physical journey is their own. Don’t share any with anyone else. The effort someone makes will not help you achieve your own goals. However, having a responsible partner can help you stay motivated to achieve your goals.
When you’re alone, you’re more likely to skip. After all, no one is telling you to go exercise. Getting someone to check your progress and vice versa can motivate you. It’s also worth it to have someone go with you to the gym. Whether you work with a partner or train with one personal trainer, it’s harder to avoid exercising when someone is waiting for you.
4.) Set a schedule
Once you have created a file training routine, it’s time to start planning. Having a set schedule is vital to achieving your goals. After all, without a plan, how are you supposed to know what to do every day? A schedule will keep you closed and focused on the task you are performing.
One to study suggests that it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit. Some habits take longer to develop than others, but consistency is crucial. If you have a workout plan, you can follow a program more easily and achieve your goals faster.
Evaluate your current schedule. What commitments and time priorities do you have? Do you have free time available? If possible, schedule workouts at the same time each day to stay consistent. Just having a schedule will help you stay motivated for the new year.
5.) Spice Things Up
While consistency is crucial, doing the same thing over and over again can get old. All training routines should have variety. Divide your exercises to focus on specific muscle groups to give time to other areas of the body to rest and heal.
Still, even that can be redundant. Your muscles will get used to the exercises and make you feel like you haven’t even exercised. Also, because you’ve been doing these exercises for so long, you may be bored.
According to the American Council of Exercise (ACE)Updating workouts and trying new things can help you stay motivated by challenging yourself mentally and physically. Every couple of weeks, try something new, either with yoga, cycling, or a training class.
6.) Prepare for failure
One of the main reasons why people leave their resolutions is that it “fails”. Regardless of your perseverance or your work, you will always encounter setbacks, mistakes or failures. This is only one part of life, but if you plan to run into these obstacles, you are less likely to quit. Expect to face some adversity, which prepares you to get through it.
Embracing failure can not only help you stay motivated during the new year, but it can also help you achieve your goals. One to study in examining the professional trajectories of scientists, it was found that having an initial failure or failure in their career increased their likelihood of staying in the future.
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Staying motivated can be difficult, regardless of the year, but after the events of 2020 and with many problems still persistent, it may be even more difficult in 2021. But that doesn’t mean they are impossible. Staying motivated can be a challenge, but we believe in all of you.
Hopefully, you can implement our above tips and stay driven throughout 2021. If you’re looking for a gym to help you achieve your goals, look no further than Fitness Nation. Our doors are open 24 hours a day, which means you can take advantage of our quality amenities, regardless of your schedule. Join Fitness Nation today!