31 Days to the New Year! Will You Be Ready?

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Is your plan to coast through the holidays and pinky swear to start on Jan 1?  Join the club.  What happens in the future is a reflection of what you did in the past. In other words, if you wait until the first week of New Year to work out how to transform or even enhance your life then you are not going to see results until later.

We spend January putting our plan together, losing steam into February and by March, the stats are clear:  Almost 80% of us have given up on our goals.   Here are 5 ways to get your mind right this month so you can start the New Year with a plan!

Start to gather information now: When you start to look into fitness and exercise plans, you soon realize that there is actually a lot you need to know.   A healthy lifestyle is about finding a fitness regime that fits in with your life and your goals.

 

  1. Be aware of your starting point: When January 2016 arrives, it might be a good idea to have some kind of understanding of where you are at this very moment.  It is easy to dismiss this time as not being important, since in the holidays we are more likely to indulge, before our intended health kick at New Year. However, assessing what your fitness levels are like and looking at individual weaknesses, and strengths, can prove to be a great motivator as you step into gear next month.

  2. Start thinking about your “why” and keep delving: What will keep you going?  At first your goal may be to lose 10 lbs, but WHY?  Do you have a trip planned by summertime? What is your WHY that will keep going in the right direction?

  3. Assess your calendar for 2016:  No, there will never be the perfect time to get started but don’t set up unrealistic time goals for workouts if you have work deadlines. You don’t have to workout everyday-start with 3 days/week.  Do what you can & keep it realistic.

  4. Address any reservations or excuses:  What kept you from success last year?  Dig deep but don’t beat yourself up over it.  Take some time to think about what did and did not work this year.  Did you let your kids dictate your schedule?  Did you join a gym only to have the membership go stale by March?  Are you still letting sugar dictate your life?  As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?”

  5. Finalize the details THIS month: By the time you toast 2016, it might be a good idea to really tie up the end of the year by firming up your fitness project. So, you need to start by confirming what you are doing, how often, and what it is going to cost. Look at what, if any, preparation you need, as well as what will be expected of you and what you can expect.

The less you have to think about and organize in January of 2016, the more likely you are to jump straight into your new routine.  The Time is Now!

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