At the start of a New Year it is only natural to think about the future and what the year holds for you. Setting a New Year’s resolution is a common way of articulating a desired outcome and it gives you something to track your progress against. Unsurprisingly after the indulgences of the Christmas period, according to a survey of 2,000 people published on inc.com, 71% wanted to diet or eat more healthily, 65% wanted to exercise more and 54% wanted to lose weight. Around 60% of people set a New Year’s resolution but only 8% actually realise their goal. In this blog post we will discuss possible causes as to why these resolutions fail and suggest improved ways of setting goals and managing expectations.
The importance of setting good goals
Setting good goals is important for two reasons: it has been proven to help people achieve more by motivating them and it sets the direction for your actions.
In terms of motivation, we all have days where we feel too tired to get out to the gym or just want that stuffed crust pizza – but having a goal reminds you what you are trying to achieve in the long run.
When you set a goal, you should also decide a more detailed action plan of how you can achieve your goal. This will guide you on your path to reaching your goal and it may include interim checkpoints on the way to realising your target.
Working with a trainer to set goals and expectations
The first task of a personal trainer is to understand your current status and listen to your goals. At Delta Fitness, around 80% of our clients have fat loss at the front of their mind when they have their initial free consultation. This is a great goal, but our trainers are fully committed to helping you define it more clearly (e.g. losing 5kgs of body fat) and importantly to setting a realistic expectation of when this is achievable for you as an individual (e.g. losing the 5kgs of body fat in 8 weeks). Our trainers will also help you understand what the goal means for you.
If you are looking to start your New Year’s resolution by being fit and active, reduce fat and tone your body, and you’re serious about it: don’t hesitate to get help from a professional who can not only teach you, but support you in creating a healthier and happier version of yourself.