#NEWYEARNEWYOU — Can You Actually Achieve your Fitness Goals For The New Year?

Whether you are new to fitness or a veteran, a new year is always a great time to give yourself a fresh start. But, the majority of resolutions are broken within the first few weeks, so below are some tips to help establish and actually achieve your fitness goals for the new year!

Tip #1: Set Realistic Goals

Most people want to start a program and drop 30 pounds in one month. That type of goal is not realistic nor is it healthy at all. Realistic goals (small or big) need to be achievable so you can check if off your list, have a sense of accomplishment, and move on to your next goal. For example, instead of 30 pounds in one month, a goal of one to two pounds per week is achievable, maintainable, and most important more healthy. Fitness goals don’t have to be tied to weight loss either. You could set a goal of working out 2-3 times per week, or fitting into that pair of jeans that is hanging in your closet, or even gaining more energy and feeling better. Again, setting a goal that is not achievable is the worst thing you can do. If your schedule is keeping you from getting into the gym, a goal of working out 1 to 2 days per week is much more realistic than a goal of 6 days. Once you have been able to adjust your schedule so you are successful at 1 to 2 days per week, then it will be much easier to add another day or two!

Tip #2: Find the Right Gym / Trainer for You

There are so many fitness options available these days … big open gyms versus smaller private studios … large classes versus private or small group training… self-training or guided-training. With all of these choices, you have the luxury to select something that you are most comfortable with so you have a better chance of meeting those fitness goals! MHF of Allen is a smaller private studio, with private or small group guided training. We help those people who are nervous about getting started and do not know where to start in our friendly non-intimidating environment. And, we have nationally certified trainers with years of experience that design your program to keep you engaged and accountable so you can reach those goals.

Tip #3 Set Specific Goals in The Gym

Going back to our first tip of setting realistic goals, you should also set more specific goals in the gym. These goals do not need to be big or even long term, it may be something like having better form for your squat or holding a plank 30 seconds longer. If you work with one of the MHF of Allen Trainers a few days each week, these types of goals within your workout is something you can successfully achieve in a few short weeks. You may not think that better form or a longer plank is a good goal, but these smaller goals serve as building blocks for more challenging exercises, which when done consistently will help you achieve your overall fitness goal!

Tip #4 Assess Your Lifestyle

Sit down and really take a look at your current lifestyle. Does your job require you to set at a desk all day? Due to that demanding schedule, do you eat out several days each week? Are drive throughs too convenient for those meals out? Do you make time for your health or would you rather sit on the couch binging Netflix? Take a look at what you are doing on a daily basis, you will know what is good and not so good for your health. Write down those areas of improvement and set small goals to start working on changing that part of your lifestyle. Writing goals down adds a level of accountability and increases the chances of actually making those changes.

Everyone has seen the common phrase on social media … #newyearnewyou. Everyone understands and acknowledges this phrase. By incorporating the above tips, you can actually accomplish it! Just always remember, we believe in you!