How To Stay Committed To Fitness Goals
Who is still committed to their health and fitness goals? Have the resolutions made in the new year fallen by the wayside? Some start to lose the motivation and drive to stay committed after staying on a strict routine for even a short period. It may be time for some self-reflection on the goals that were made and either adjust or recommit.
It may seem like an obvious question, but why did you commit to the goal in the first place? Having a reminder of the why of the goal in plain site can motivate us to stay committed. For example, if you want to look great for a trip in the spring, keep a photo of the location on the lock screen of your phone. If your doctor asked you to get more exercise and watch your diet, put a copy of your latest blood tests somewhere where you will see it daily.
Is the issue that you do not have a motivating reason, but you just know that you should make some changes to your lifestyle? You may need to create a"why." Set a goal to complete a5K, bike rally, an organized stair climb or any other event that strikes your fancy. The why could even be something like"I will be able to lift my body weight on a dead lift by May1st." Write it down and get to work.
Is the resolution too general? When goal setting or creating new habits, the experts tell us to set specific and measurable goals. Instead of setting the goal to exercise more, set a goal to exercise a specific number of days per week for a specific amount of time and mark these on your calendar. If the goal is to"eat a healthier diet,”be specific about the healthy foods that will be added to your diet.
Is the resolution too strict or incompatible with other parts of life? Are you making yourself miserable to reach the goal? In an effort to make big changes, it can be tempting to swing too far on the side of restriction. For most people this is not sustainable for very long and will soon result in falling back into old habits. If you are showing signs of overtraining or undereating, you may need to see a professional to help you find the road back to moderation (personal trainer and/or a registered dietician). Signs that you may be overtraining from the WebMd website:
- You constantly feel tired or listless.
- You cannot make further fitness gains or you actually move backward in your level of fitness.
- Your resting heart rate increases 5 beats per minute.
- You have lost your enthusiasm for exercise.
- You feel irritable, angry, or depressed.
It is natural to lose motivation for a goal after working towards that goal for several weeks. The important thing is to take the time to reflect on what is working and what is not and make some adjustments where necessary. Avoid abandoning the goal all together and throw in the towel. It just may need some tweaking to make your goals compatible with your busy life.