Okay, so it’s been what, two weeks since we celebrated the start of the new year. So it means it’s way past the holidays and it’s back to reality for all of us. Now, my question is: how’s your new year’s resolution? I’m sure most (if not all) of you reading this have already forgotten about it by now. Yes, I’m pretty sure of it, you know why? Well, according to studies, only about 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions. So I’m guessing that your “new-year-new-me” mantra is now just like your ex—something from the past that you would’ve wanted to work but didn’t. LOL!
Anyways, I’ve actually found out that many new year’s resolutions have something to do with losing weight, eating right… you know, fitness stuff. And it’s such a shame because THAT—keeping yourself fit—would’ve been worthwhile. If keeping yourself healthy or maintaining a bikini body is not worthwhile, I don’t know what is. Unfortunately, most either forget about them easily or totally decided to skip them. Why is that? A new year’s resolution is actually a promise to oneself. Can’t we even keep out own promises to ourselves?
So how can we keep our promises to ourselves? How can we be part of the 8%—the elite few who were able to stick to their resolutions? What can we do to achieve what we’re set out to do? How can we stick to our New year’s Resolution? How can we really stick to our fitness plan this time around? Here are some keys to achieving your fitness goals:
1.) Visualize your goals.
Create an image in your mind and make it your goal. For instance, if you want to have a body like Kendall Jenner, print out an image of Kendall wearing a bikini and make it your inspiration. This will make it easier for you to stick to your plans as you’ll connect emotionally to what you’re trying to achieve. Wouldn’t you be more motivated to work out every day thinking you’ll be as sexy as Kendall come summertime than thinking of losing ten pounds in a month?
2.) Keep it simple. Keep it real.
Or better yet, make your resolutions realistic. Many of us fail with our plans because we set the bar too high and we end up crashing back down to the ground. No, we really don’t need to have that sexy, Blake Lively-ish body right away. Something difficult like getting that bikini body can’t be achieved at once. Create a step-by-step plan and stick to each step. It’s just a matter of setting a short term goal at first and then when you’ve achieved that specific goal, move on to the next—usually more difficult—goal until you reach your ultimate dream body.
3.) Plan a time frame.
To achieve your goals, you’ll need a time frame. Knowing there’s a deadline will push you to work harder, especially when you’re under time pressure. This will also help you assess what you have achieved so far in your workout plans. Buy a diary or a planner so you can set up your time frame, plan your workout, and evaluate your progress. Making notes on your progress allows you to have a physical reminder of what you’re aiming for.
4.) Patience is a virtue.
Don’t ever give up. Like with other worthwhile goals, achieving that dream body isn’t going to be easy. Heck, you’ll probably encounter some (or maybe more) slip-ups along the way but when you lose patience and give up, you’ll never achieve anything. Like they say, progress is seldom linear and progress may sometimes be painfully slow, especially when you’re just starting. But when you get the hang of your workout routines, you’ll suddenly achieve rapid breakthroughs. The next thing you know… BOOM! Hello, Jessica Biel body!
5.) Treat yo’self!
Lastly, you really don’t have to deprive yourself of anything as long as you do things in moderation. If, for instance, you’ve worked out hard for a week, you can chill out on the last day of that week and enjoy what you’ve achieved so far. Just be careful not to overdo it. Though it’s okay to have a slice of your favorite cake after a tiring week of working out, don’t throw caution to the wind, let go, and just eat as much as you want. Like I said, you can treat yourself from time to time but in moderation.
Well, that’s it! Hope this helps in your goal of achieving that sexy body. The fact that you’re reading this actually means that you’re following through with your new year’s resolution and all you need to do is to continue with your workout and dieting plans. Congrats and the best of luck to all of you this 2017! 🙂
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