Getting in better shape or losing weight is one of the most common resolutions people set in January. Therefore, it’s also one of the most common resolutions that people fail at. So why is fulfilling a resolution so hard? Usually it is because we set ourselves up for failure for unattainable resolutions. It’s not that the goals we set are unattainable. Instead, usually the problem is that we don’t set a realistic path to get there. So how can you build a resolution that is doable?
Be S.M.A.R.T. (See what we did there?)
S.M.A.R.T. stands for:
Action Oriented (or Attainable)
You may have used this format for goals at work or school and the idea is the same. These kinds of goals require you to think about the when, how and why of your larger resolution.
For example, say you want to eat better. That is a great goal, but a vague resolution. Being vague can make it harder to keep. So instead, use the SMART format to break it into pieces.
Another example is getting in shape. Who doesn’t want to get in better shape? But how to do that will differ for everyone. (Hint: If you are just getting started, why not try signing up with a personal trainer?)
A few other things to keep in mind:
- Set up your resolutions to build in difficulty
- Make the first goal something easy to attain that will fit into your current schedule
- Build in accountability through buddies, online trackers or other tools
- It’s ok if you stumble (we all do)! Just reset your goal and keep moving
And don’t forget, DMSfit trainers can help you build and achieve your 2016 resolutions! We offer free introductory sessions, nutritional support, and a range of classes to fit into a wide range of fitness goals and busy schedules.