We often set goals this time of year only to have them fall apart within a few weeks of the new year. All too often we set goals but don't come up with an action plan on how to achieve them. For example your goal may be to get in shape so you tell yourself " I am going to start exercising and eating healthy " that's great but without setting up actionable steps to achieve that goal it's just a wish with no plan. Over the course of this blog we are going to look into 3 ways you can give yourself the best chance possible of achieving your goals.
1: Run your day, don't let your day run you
Organizing your life is one of the most essential things you can do in order to ensure you hit your health and fitness goals day in and day out. In his book the 7 habits of highly successful people Stephen Covey explains that somethings are important and some things are urgent most of us unfortunately spend our time doing things that don't get us anywhere in life. In order to hit your health and fitness goals being organized and making sure your priorities are aligned with your goals is essential. An actionable step you can take to ensure you are successful each and every week hitting your working out and health goals is to take 1 hour and plan your week each and everyday Sunday. Write down your goals for the week and plan out each and everyday. This way you can schedule your workouts and meals and know exactly when you have time in your schedule to workout and prepare meals. Most people do not take time to plan out there weeks and this leads to a disorganized life which makes skipping workouts inevitable. If you want to get healthy one of the best things you can do is take the time to plan your week this will allow you run your week and not allow your week to run you.
2: Prioritize sleep or you will fail
If you want to workout everyday and stay healthy in 2018 you must prioritize your sleep schedule or else it will be extremely hard for you to stay on track. Not only
is sleep an essential component of recovery sleep also plays a critical role in regulating our appetite. Sleep regulates the release of leptin and ghrelin; when these hormones are not being secreted In a balanced manner ( which is what happens when we don't get proper sleep) we can become extremely hungry which causes us to overeat. Sleep also plays a vital role in how energetic we feel throughout the day and our ability to handle stress. If you are not sleeping properly you will find it very hard to control your appetite, stay motivated and focused for workouts and your ability to deal with stress will be shot. Add these 3 things together and you have a sure fire way for not staying healthy and fit in 2018.
3: Don't be too strict, small steps become big changes
All too often when we set new goals we try to go from 0-100 all at once; working out 6 days a week, only eating healthy meals 0 cheat meals, going to bed by 9pm, etc. Usually what happens is we are intense for a short period of time and then we begin to fall of. Short term intensity can never trump long term consistency. When making lifestyle changes in 2018 slowly but surely will win the race. Instead of trying to change everything at once start with baby steps and allow all of the small steps to eventually lead to astronomical changes over time. For example in the month of January maybe only commit to changing your diet. Then In February add in going to the gym twice and a week. Then in march start going to the gym 4 days a week, eating healthy and meditating twice a week. Slowly build up to your goals don't just change 100 percent right away; this will more than likely lead to you not committing and sticking with it long term.