How to Set Your New Year's Goals

It’s the beginning of the new year and you know what that means: resolutions and goal setting! If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start thinking about big picture goals (and some smaller ones, too) you’d like to challenge yourself to for the coming year, including all things fitness of course.

Although extremely helpful and useful when creating personal fitness goals, go beyond simply quantitative achievements (think: do three rounds of 20 reps of pushups three times per week). Instead, dig deeper into goals from a habit-changing perspective that will positively affect your health and fitness lifestyle in the long run.

To help you get started with your fitness goal setting, think of the following themes to structure your own unique goals: consistency, longevity, community and happiness.

Consistency

Keep moving, stay active and stick to your workout routine and schedule … even if it’s only for 15 minutes one day, or not as often as you’d like, or if the workout doesn’t feel like you’re making any improvements. Just keep doing it, stick to consistency and you’ll feel the difference sooner than later.

Longevity

You know that saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? Well that also rings true here. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just happen overnight; it takes time. Eat healthy, whole foods, yes! Continue to workout at a schedule and pace that works for you, yes! Success is built over time and guess what? Bad meals and incomplete workouts are a part of that success!

Community

People who you surround yourself with are the people who have the most influence on your and your behaviors. And that includes health and fitness-related behaviors! Create a community around you of enthusiastic, like-minded people who are passionate about living a healthy and fitness-inspired life. And don’t forget about us, we’d love to be a part of your community!

Happiness

Last but certainly not least, enjoy the process of embracing and thriving in this new healthy lifestyle. Love what you do each and every day … and when a bad day comes around, which they will, move forward with a smile on your face and sweat on your brow. Life is good and the community you’ve built will support you!

Share with us! Do you enjoy brainstorming and setting new goals each year? What are your health and fitness-related goals for 2016? How are you using the themes here to enhance your unique goals?

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