January has nearly reached a close, and whereas at the beginning of the month, we were all set for our new fitness plan and improving our lifestyle, sometimes, by the end of the month, we can have faced setbacks which make us feel negative towards our goals and our selves. We are here to provide the motivation and tips for you, to get you back on, and keep you on track, seeing you reach your success.
It can take the smallest thing to trigger a fall in your new routine. Perhaps a night out or work trip, denting your diet plan, a cold or injury interrupting your exercise regime, or perhaps you're just finding it tough. The first step, is to be kind to yourself. You are human and you cannot function throughout life without a slight hiccup or change in your mood or lifestyle. Accept this, and move on from the halt. So you missed gym class, drank too much and ended the night with a greasy kebab. It was one night. It won't change your world if you don't let it. Just tell yourself it won't become a regular thing and get back to achieving your goals.
Remember the reason you set your goals and give yourself a visual reminder to keep you focused. Perhaps you want to lose weight? Find a picture of you before your weight gain, or your dream outfit you want to be able to wear. Training for an event? Find pictures of the event or the medal you want to win. Whatever works for you, but make it something that will keep your mind on your goal. This way, instead of thinking about the effort on a day to day basis, you'll be encouraging yourself to think about the success you are heading towards.
When setting these goals, it is good to have your dream goal to excite you, and because you deserve to be who you want to be. However, set yourself smaller, more achievable goals too. This will encourage you to keep going as you can see what you are achieving on a regular basis. For example, if you want to run a marathon, why not begin with a 5K target, then 10K, build it up gradually. Or for weight loss, break it down into smaller chunks to get to your goal weight.
You can cry over the fact that you have let things slip and now you're even further away from where you wanted to be, or you can get up, show up and make it up. You are the only person who can make a difference to your own health and fitness. So find out what makes you tick; get a personal trainer if you want to, workout with a friend, find a class you like. Whatever it is, make it happen and be proud of your achievements.