Many people struggle this time of year to maintain a good fitness routine. It’s tough to get to the gym when it’s dark outside, and your bed feels so warm, and all you want is a bowl of soup. Add in the craziness of holiday schedules and office Christmas cookies, and it’s oh-so easy for the gym to take a backseat.
How can you overcome this?? Well, it’s best to start out by evaluating your GOALS.
You’re always setting goals, whether you are consciously thinking about it or not. Some are long term, like the common “I want to lose 10 pounds”, and some are more short term, like “I want to make it to the gym for that Fun GX class after work.”
It’s always good to have goals. They help direct our actions and choices and remind us why we are working so hard, which is especially helpful during those sluggish winter days. We all need a reminder sometimes about what we want to accomplish.
So before winter really sets in on us, take a minute to reevaluate the goals you’ve made, or come up with new ones for the cold months ahead. Here are a few tips:
Keep your goals simple
There’s no need to get complex, especially during this time of year. Make your goals reasonable, something you know you can do and maintain.
Make your goals specific
It’s important to know what you want to accomplish and exactly how to get there. If your goals are too vague it becomes easy to lose track. Saying “I want to get more fit” is great, but how do you keep track of that? How do you measure it? How can you know when you’ve accomplished it?
Really hammer out the details of what you want to do. Maybe you just want to make it to the gym 4 days a week. (Have you signed up for Finish Strong yet???) Or fill up and drink your water bottle at least 3 times a day.
Make your goals visible!
Once you’ve got that plan set, don’t forget it! Keep it somewhere where you’ll see it all the time. Let it be a reminder of what you want to do and how great you’ll feel once you’ve done it.
On especially hard days, use it to keep you motivated. Plus, in a few months when you’ve reached your goal and you feel great, you can crush that goal in your best Rocky IV impersonation. (Talk about a great winter exercise motivator. He trained in a barn in Russia for crying out loud!)
Hmmm…future Gx4 curriculum?
Have a plan for beating the winter slump this year? Share your goals with us in the comments below!