New year, new you

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By Katrina Laczoffy

January the 1st 2016 – the first blank page of a 365-page book. The beginning of this year is much like every other, we set new goals, strive for fitness and aim to be healthy but how many of you actually keep to your resolutions for longer than 90 pages of your new and improved book?

It’s now February.

Who can honestly say they are still on their sugar-free diet plan and exercise regime?
If the answer is no, why do you think that is? Does work get in the way? Lack of time to meal prep or is your motivation lacking? I believe people cannot stick to their goals because they tend to go with the flow, their training is way too advanced, expectations are unrealistic or the most important reason… people haven’t figured out the why.

Why do you want to be fit? Becoming fit and healthy cannot solely depend on physical appearance, there needs to be a bigger motivator that helps you get to the gym at 6am or to pull you away from emotional eating. How will your goals enrich your life?

It is no secret that the key to staying motivated and achieving your goals is to take small steps. Don’t set goals that are so unrealistic that they serve to demotivate you. This will set you up for failure. In order to make your new book a success, your final goal should be made up of a few smaller goals. By doing so, it will help you monitor progress and motivate yourself when you notice improvements.

The goals you set should be S.M.A.R.T, that is:

Specific: Your goals should be specific to your long-term outcome. For example, I want to lose 4kg in the next 5 months rather than just saying “I want to lose weight”.

Measureable: How are you going to measure your goals? Before and after pictures, skin folds, DEXTA scans are all great tools to measure improvements.

Attainable: The short-term goals need to be achievable. If you are wanting to look like a super model but naturally have an endomorph physique (curvy) no matter how hard you train you won’t be able to change your genetic make up. Don’t set yourself up to fail, rather set goals to make your curves more firm and toned.

Realistic: the most common mistake people make is setting a short-term goal to attend the gym daily. It’s unrealistic and increases your chance of burning out. 4-5 days a week at the gym is ample and allows your body to recover!

Time-bound: Set a time limit to your goals. It will keep you motivated, focused and on track to achieve goals!

It’s important to display and read your goals daily. Never forget the why and know that your best will vary day to day but that’s ok, its only human nature. Furthermore, you do not need a New Year to set goals, these can be implemented at any time. Once you have achieve your short-term goals, set new ones to continue to strive for your long-term goal!

Best of luck with your fitness journey.

For further tips feel free to download the app we use with our personal training clients, it is FREE to download, there is lots of nutrition info & instructional videos. Just search ‘The Fit Stop’ in your app store.

Written by Katrina Laczoffy – personal trainer at The Fit Stop, a personal training & group training studio in St Kilda East, specialising in fat loss, strength training & getting real fitness results.

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