Happy Holidays! As we get closer to Christmas next week, and my shopping is wrapping up, I have been giving some thought to my New Years Resolution. I know that I still have time to make one, and not to rush the holidays, but I am a person who takes my resolution pretty seriously. It’s well thought out and I do everything in my power to stick to it.
I recently read an article in Outside Magazine (I’m on their e-mail list, I have no idea how I got on there, but I love their e-mails!) about choosing the right fitness goals for you. You can read the article here.
So if you are like me at all, or you are thinking of setting a few goals for yourself, it’s not too early to start thinking about it now. Get SMART about it!
So basically, if you set a casual goal without being specific about it, or setting a goal that is WAY beyond your reach is just you setting yourself up for failure. Also- make it measureable. Here at the Rec we always talk about people wanting to lose weight. Well.. that’s great, but lets get serious about it. How much weight? What are you going to do to your fitness regimen to achieve it? How will you take the steps to change your eating habits? Are you going to take into account all the muscle you’ll (hopefully)gain?
In 2012, I announced to my family on New Years that I was going to run a marathon. Up until that point the furthest I had ever run was a 10k, or 6.2 miles. I had work to do. So I set up a training plan and completed the Chicago marathon in October of 2012, and I have to be honest, it was one of the best days of my life.
Setting goals that motivate you are also, honestly, a way to break up the monotony and do something for yourself. My running ended up being my ME-time. Something to look forward to. I stayed motivated because I knew it would all come to a fantastic finish with my family cheering me on and an awesome long weekend in Chicago! (And beer, there’s always beer at the finish!)
So, I hope this post inspires you to take that step. From walking each day for 30 minutes to competing in your first Ironman- as long as it’s relevant for YOU.
Let me know your fitness goals for 2015! Make it a great year!