5 tips for setting your fitness goals...and sticking to them

With Christmas over, January can be the perfect time to reassess your fitness and lifestyle. But how do you find the motivation to keep your New Year resolutions throughout 2020? Nuffield Health personal trainer, Stephen Macconville, gives his advice on how to set your fitness goals and more importantly, achieve them.

Make targets small and reachable

Setting yourself realistic targets means you're more likely to succeed. If you set unrealistic goals, you’ll become disheartened and likely give up altogether. Figure out what your personal goals are; do you want to lose body weight, become toned, build muscle, or improve your running distance? A personal trainer can always help you set realistic targets.

Do exercise that you enjoy

In order to want to keep exercising you need to enjoy what you’re doing. There are so many options and approaches to fitness, so try out a few different styles of training, machines and classes until you find something that makes you want to get up and exercise. Find a routine that works for you, so that week on week you can keep it up and enjoy it too.

Give yourself time to adjust

Like any lifestyle change, it can take some time to adjust. You might find you feel really motivated in the first couple of weeks, but your new routine is time-consuming and exhausting. Aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, with two of those days being resistance or weight training. It has to be sustainable long-term. Eventually, making exercise a part of your routine will be as normal as having breakfast.

Nutrition matters

Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet to fuel your body and mind, so you don’t feel like skipping that class at the last minute. Try to have a healthy breakfast every morning to fuel your body to keep going the rest of the day. Plan ahead so that you have healthy snacks on hand to curb those unhealthy cravings.

Reward yourself

If you’ve hit one of your targets, make sure you reward yourself. Treat yourself to a meal out, some new shoes or anything that makes you happy. The longer you continue with your new routine, the more likely you are to keep it up long term, so every month you keep going should be celebrated.

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