It's that time of the year when we all think about setting resolutions for the new year. Some actaully get around to establishing goals, while others put no effort into accomplishing those resolutions.
Make S.M.A.R.T. goals...
In terms of working out, here are some basic principles that will help you accomplish your goals.
- Write down your goal and put it somewhere visable, like your bathroom mirror or dashboard. i.e. Work out 4 times a week, run a half-marathon, etc.
- Set a schedule. Get out your calendar, whether it's an actual paper calendar or your iphone and schedule when you will work out. This way you have already made time in your busy week to work out. If you are a list person, you will love checking each completed workout off your list.
- Be prepared. If you work out in the morning, set your gym clothes out so you don't have another excuse (Early morning exercisers have it the hardest, staying in bed at 5am always sounds better than working out!) If you work out at night, put your gym clothes in your car so you don't go home and get comfy on the couch.
- Tell others of your goal. Get an accountability partner to ask you how you're doing or better yet, get a workout buddy you can depend on to get you to the gym.