In the run up to the New Year, many of us are starting to think up plans on how to make 2022 the best year yet!

According to a survey by YouGov, of those people making New Year Resolutions for 2019 - 47% wanted to do more exercise and/or improve fitness, 44% wanted to lose weight and 41% wanted to improve their diet.

Whilst these are great resolutions to have, it is often sticking to them which is the real challenge. In the same survey, YouGov found that only 24% kept to all their resolutions and 47% percent at least managed to stick to some of them.

So why is it so hard to keep to our fitness New Year Resolutions?

The main reason for not keeping to our resolutions is that they are too broad and/ or too vague. In the example of wanting to lose weight, there is nothing tangible in this goal to help keep yourself accountable and motivated. This goal is deemed a desire rather than a providing any direction for the future.

What can I do to improve my chances of sticking to my New Year Resolution?

SMART is an effective tool that provides the clarity, focus and motivation you need to achieve your goals. It can also improve your ability to reach them by encouraging you to define your objectives and set a completion date.

SPECIFIC - what is your goal? Be really clear as to what exactly you want to do. For example, rather than “lose weight”, how much weight do you want to lose?

MEASURABLE - how will you measure your goal and can it be measured?

ACHIEVABLE - is your goal challenging but still possible? For example, if your goal is not achievable in the time period you have set yourself, you will naturally become demotivated and also demoralised when you don’t achieve it.

RELEVANT - is the goal relevant to your end fitness goal?

TIMEBOUND - when do you want to have reached this goal by? Setting a time period will help to keep you accountable

It is also worth start by doing things you enjoy and make you feel good in order to keep you motivated! It is better to do what you want to do and requires a lot less mental effort than trying to force yourself to do something you think you should do. Most importantly, be kind to yourself. There is no harsher critic than yourself! There will be good and bad weeks, no don’t give up when you reach the first hurdle. Adjust your SMART goals if needed and keep pushing!

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