Making New Year’s resolutions? Aim for goals instead – here’s why

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Resolutions are promises without a plan; it's like an aspiration with no clear direction, so instead of setting yourself up for failure, aim to make doable lifestyle changes and work towards those goals. 

With many uncertainties in the current standings of the world, thanks to the internet, we're able to meet fitness goals without leaving our homes. 

To get you started, we put together a few tips to assist you in reaching those fitness goals:

1. S.M.A.R.T

Being mindful of these acronyms can help you achieves your goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. You're not going to see progress immediately; it takes time and positive influence.

2. Celebrate the small wins

Wanting too much in a short period can dent your motivation. Instead, start January with smaller goals. Give yourself a weekly challenge, and remember to celebrate each victory. It can be as small as running your first 2km without stopping or completing ten burpees without stopping. 

3. Be accountable

We found that involving your friends or family can help motivate you to stick to your goals. Having your peers join in can also make it fun for everyone; this can help you stay focused on your goals.

4. Don't be too hard on yourself

Don't be your worst enemy! There will be days where your mind subconsciously works against you. Aim to meal prep a week in advance and schedule workout sessions to make things easier when you lack motivation. The goal is to maintain the lifestyle changes. 

5. Consistency is key!

Our greatest challenge is remaining consistent, and in this instance, to 'witness the difference' consistency is an essential component when working towards goals. Habits become second nature with consistency. 

Planning, setting goals and trusting yourself can help you not only reach your fitness goals, but you'll be able to maintain your goals beyond a 'New Year, new me' resolution; your plan can become a lifestyle change! 

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