New Year Fitness Goals Failed No More

Can you recall the probably failed fitness goal you set last New Year? Whether it was to increase the size of your biceps or to play with your children without getting out of breath, how come that as months or even weeks went by there was always a point of life when you just chose to give up? But maybe this year can be different.

Being in the health and fitness industry for over 12 years, James Trevorrow at Virgin Active shares his top 5 winning traits to help you get going on your fitness journey.

1. How motivated are you? If your fitness goal is not important to you, there is no amount of suggestions or advice that will resonate with you to change. Answer these questions (honestly) and total up your score.

-On a scale of 1 to 10, how truly important is it that you achieve your vision?

-On a scale of 1 to 10, how willing are you to make changes to what you do and eat every day?

-On a scale of 1 to 10, how much ownership are you taking to achieve your goal? (E.g. Do you make the time? Diary in training like a work commitment?)

If you scored 24+, you’re ready to take on the world

If you scored 21-24, your goals are there for the taking with a little support

If you scored 20 or less, take the time to reflect on the question(s) that you didn't score too highly in and ask why. This often helps.

2. You are the product of the people around you The lifestyle, mind set and activity of the people you spend most time with have a significant influence. Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive and like-minded people is one of the most powerful things you can do.

If your friends and family are saying comments like ‘come on, one cake won’t hurt’ or ‘you’re not going to turn boring on us now are you?’ talking to them about what you are trying to do, how important it is and how much you would love them to support you could be one of the best things you could do. Engage them early on in your quest and they will be your greatest ally. Support is everything!

Taking part in group exercise classes, gym floor fast classes and booking in with a Fitness coach or Personal Trainer are tried and tested support avenues all at your disposal at Virgin Active.

3. What gets measured gets improved If you set fluffy goals you’ll get fluffy results. If you only say ‘I want to lose weight’ without knowing how much you weigh to begin with, how will you know how much you want to lose? Would you set off on holiday without knowing where you were going to fly from and to? The fitness journey is just the same. It is very important that you don’t judge yourself when doing any measurement; it is merely a tool to show you where you are at. Use the emotion to motivate you further and not to be daunted by the work needed in the coming weeks to improve it. (We’ll be dealing with that in point) 

Once you have noted down your starting point, you now only need to do 2 things…..

-Set yourself a very achievable destination (E.g. 14.5st to 14st in 8 weeks). You’ve now got a goal line! -Regularly review the measurement but don’t obsess over it. Once per week -or every couple of weeks is a healthy review period.

Virgin Active Fitness and Personal Training team members are all fully trained in how to set goals and help set realistic targets so flag one down next time you’re in the club for a chat on getting you where you want to be!

4. One habit at a time Even more important than setting a measurable goal is setting the behaviour goal to get you there. If you would like to gain ½ inch on your biceps in the next 6 weeks, it’s crucial you write down a few key behaviours that you will commit to, for example increase your sets every 3 weeks, train 4 times per week, and eat more lean protein.

Key behaviour change has most impact when you introduce one habit at a time rather than many all at once. Set your measurable goal, list the habits necessary to achieve it, then choose one new habit to add each week until you have gradually and effortlessly built up life changing habits. It is less daunting and much more important that you nail it one step at a time.

5. Whether you think you can or you can’t, you're right! We don’t all frame the world in the same way. If you think you can’t achieve your goal, or can’t get up in the morning to train, or can’t prepare a healthy dinner, then guess what? You won’t.

But if you think that you’ll achieve your goal with support, get up in the morning to train if you set your alarm with motivating music, prepare a healthy dinner after printing off a quick and delicious looking recipe then you will! Life throws up barriers, it’s how we see and deal with them that determines success.

The winning mind set of a goal achiever is one that finds solutions to common obstacles. Notice how much you say ‘can’t’ compared to ‘can’.

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