New Year – Time for SMART Health & Fitness Resolutions

hello 2014 new years resolutions

Are you one of those people who’s New Years Resolution was to lose weight in 2013? Hands up… go on! Well it seems that a lot of people planned to lose weight last year – some did, many didn’t. So this year how about you start fresh.

I’m sure that there are many of you out there that have a New Years Resolution on your list that relates to your health and fitness in some way or another, so lets make sure that this year is the start of a newer fitter you. I admit my New Years Resolution last year was to make sure that in 2014 my New Years Resolution wasn’t to loose weight… unfortunately I didn’t hit my goal and I know exactly why, it’s because I lost focus and didn’t make it a priority.

So over the next few days I’m going to share some tips on how to start out with the best intentions, but also how to make your health and fitness goals easier to complete. My tip today is to write down your goal and ambitions; write a blog post, put them in the front of your diary, write them on a post it note and stick it to your mirror. Write them down so you can make yourself accountable. I’m not saying you have to shout them from the rooftop… if you want to keep them away from your family and friends then go ahead, but find a support group somewhere, this mean you have that extra motivation.

Next figure out how you are going to achieve your New Years Resolution. It’s no good saying “I want to lose 10 pounds”…. you need to write down how you are going to lose 10 pounds. Are you going to start eating healthily? Are you going to stop snacking on sweets and crisps? Are you going to start working out 3 times a week? Are you going to start lifting some weights? To lose weight you need to eat healthier and move more…. so figure out exactly what you’re going to do.

Your goals need to be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

So instead of “I’m going to lose 10 pounds” try- “I’m going to lose 10 pounds by March 2014 by eating three healthy freshly prepared meals a day and by working out for 45 minutes 4 times a week.”

Instead of “I’m going to run a 5k race” try- “I’m going to run a sub 30 minute 5k in in the sponsored 5k at my local park on 20th May. I’m going to achieve this by training 4 times a week.”

My fitness goals for 2014 are going to be;

  • Complete all 60 Insanity Workouts by the end of February
  • Complete a sub 30 minute 5k Race for Life by the end  of June
  • Complete a sub 60 minute 10K race by the end of 2014
  • Incorporate more strength and toning workouts into my regime – aiming for at least 4 toning workouts a week
  • Eat three healthy & homemade meals 5 times a week
  • Stop buying lunch at work and take a packed lunch at least 4 times a week
  • Give up sugar for 21 days starting 2nd January
  • Get 7.5 hours sleep each night
  • Get a massage at least every 2 months to relieve tired muscles, bad posture and knotted muscles.

I have shared my resolutions with you, how about you share yours with me? Comment below with your fitness goals and ambitions for 2014, or link me to your own blog post.


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