Get Back on Track
Yay! We're past the halfway mark of New Zealand's four-week coronavirus lockdown. We're now heading into the Easter break for our bubble staycations. So what better way to reward ourselves for getting this far than some delicious hot cross buns and chocolate Easter eggs? For many of you, it'll probably be worth waiting in the supermarket queue for your Iso-Easter treats.
But what about after Easter? Often the most common post-festive goals are focused around health and fitness. Whether it be weight loss, training for an event, or simply getting back into shape and maintaining it throughout the year. On return from your staycation you might feel motivated to get back into your health and fitness routine.
Setting yourself a goal is the easy part; the hard part is sticking to it.
Here are Poppy's top tips for sticking to your goal:
1. Firstly, the most important step is to create your goal. You need to make it a SMART goal.
Specific: You need your goal to be specific to you. It needs to be clear in identifying what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it, and by when.
Measurable: Your goal should be measurable in terms of what you are trying to achieve. It needs to encompass a measurement that you can work towards, as it will help identify when you have achieved it. Whether that be committing to exercise three times a week, losing a certain amount of weight or beating a time in a future event.
Achievable: This part of your goal is extremely important. Your goal needs to be achievable. You need to want to achieve your goal and believe in yourself to succeed.
Realistic: Your goal must be realistic. If you have never run before, then setting a goal to run a marathon in four weeks is not realistic. There is a high chance of injuring yourself and feeling disappointed afterwards. Review the timeframe in which you wish to achieve your goal and use this as a base. Setting short-term goals along the way will really help when it comes to achieving your long-term goal.
Time-based: You need a deadline/time to achieve this goal by. Set yourself an exact timeframe as this will give you the best chance of success and help you stick to your goal.
Having a SMART goal can give you direction and keep you on track.
2. The second way to achieve your goal is to break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks.
Having your long-term goal is great but can often feel quite daunting, short-term goals can help you continue making progress. Once you have achieved these smaller goals, it is important to acknowledge your success and maybe reward yourself, whether that be sleeping in an extra hour or having a long bubble bath.
3. Getting someone to hold you accountable is extremely important.
Whether that be a Personal Trainer, a friend or a family member. Telling them your goal, how you're going to achieve it and why you're doing it is important.
4. The fourth strategy is to write down your goal and stick it up on the fridge.
Physically writing down your goal can make it become more ‘real’.
Now you know four strategies to help you stick to your goal, but how can you tailor it to your own needs?
A great approach is to talk to one of our Personal Trainers via telehealth. We can have a chat with you over the phone or by video conference about how to set your goals and how to make a plan to succeed. We can work alongside you to set SMART goals, long and short-term, and discuss ways to help you achieve those goals.
Every six weeks can be a good time to review and revise your goals and progress to ensure that you are still heading in the right direction.
Let us help you set goals and stick to them.
Poppy Cogswell is a Senior Personal Trainer at Habit Evans Bay.