Can you believe it’s already February!? Many of us have been looking at 2021 as an opportunity for a fresh start. Last year’s shut downs completely disrupted routines, closed gyms and unfortunately, led to weight gain and a more sedentary life for many. If you’ve been working on making some health improvements this year, you’re certainly not alone! Some of you may be considering abandoning your New Years fitness resolutions, but now is not the time to give up! We’re here to help! So, let’s start by focusing on the following question: what does success look like for you?
You might have set some bigger goals like losing 50+ pounds or exercising 6 days a week for an hour etc., but these can be overwhelming and can become discouraging. Even though you might be excited and enthusiastic at first, it’s just too much too soon. The best approach to making positive changes is starting small. Here’s some suggestions to get you focused, or re-focused, on your fitness goals for the new year:
- It’s important to identify your long-term goals, but even more important to identify the smaller steps to get you there. It can be pretty easy to come up with long-term goals like losing 50+ pounds or training for a marathon, but if you don’t establish some smaller, more attainable goals to get you there, you’re likely to fall off track. For example, if your goal is to lose 50lbs within a year, aim for losing 4-8lbs of fat per month.
- Be realistic when setting your new years goals. It’s important to understand your abilities and what you can achieve realistically. If you’re at a lower fitness level, that’s ok! Start small, learn proper exercise techniques, use lower weights and take your time. If you truly don’t have any more than three days a week to devote to physical fitness, start with three days and adjust as you go. Don’t get in over your head! Realistically, weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Make sure you’re setting measurable goals. Tracking your goals allows you to better track your progress, hold yourself accountable and make necessary adjustments along the way. From there, you’re able to create a detailed action plan. Not sure how to create a realistic action plan that fits your schedule? A qualified personal trainer at Victory Fitness Center can help! A trainer can help you set realistic goals for your fitness level and aspirations. They’ll keep you motivated and accountable too!
Unfortunately, Covid-19 is still a concern for most of us and we completely understand if you don’t feel comfortable in the gym setting quite yet. This doesn’t mean that your 2021 fitness goals have to be put on hold, though! With the Virtual Gym option at Victory Fitness Center, you still have the ability to have live interaction with a fitness coach! Whether it’s in a group setting or one-on-one training, you have the option to join from the comfort of your own home!
To learn more about our virtual gym options, click here! If you’re ready to come back to the gym setting, we’re here for you too! Click here to contact us about personal training options available to you.
Our health and wellness is more important now than ever before. We’re here to help you achieve your goals and start the new year off right!