It’s here! The New Year is upon us and it’s time to decide what our resolutions are going to be. The beginning of the year is like having a fresh start. It’s like the ultimate Monday. You know, that day of the week when everyone starts something new, or the start over day. I know that most of us have other goals that don’t concern fitness, but for you who are contemplating fitness goals for the New Year, here are some things to consider.

It’s great to set new goals but instead of just thinking about the goal itself, think about the discipline it will take to reach that goal and make the daily or weekly discipline your new year resolution. Also, be realistic in the goals you set for yourself. Some of us want immediate results but you must remember, fitness is all about consistent hard work and being patient. You must also consider the sacrifices you’ll have to make and decide whether the goal is worth it to you. Although we want to be and stay healthy for our family’s sake, sometimes our fitness goals tend to be selfish and take a lot of time away from our families and loved ones.

Now, I know you’re revved up and ready to go full throttle on your goals, but remember, you have a whole year to accomplish your mission and you don’t want to burn yourself out. As I said before, fitness is about being patient. Set daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals for yourself. The daily and weekly goals are more about the small individual actions that you are going to have to take. The monthly and quarterly goals are going to be the results of your daily and weekly actions. If you are not reaching your monthly and quarterly goals, think about your daily actions, look in the mirror and say, “I did it to myself.”  The same can be said if you are reaching your monthly and quarterly goals.

Finally, have a good reason for the goal that you have set for yourself and when or if you decide to give up, remember why you started. One of my favorite quotes is “If it is important to you, you’ll find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse.”

If you’re ready to set goals and get fit, but need some help, come visit me at the gym. I wish you all good luck with your resolutions and a Happy New Year!

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