New Years Weight Loss gets a bad rap. Honestly, anything that motivates people to try and be their healthiest self is great, and if it takes a new year to do it, then we should resolve away! The problem some people have is sticking with their goals, so let’s focus on setting the right kind of goals that can help keep us on track. In fact, you may have even heard the SMART acronym to describe good goal setting, which is what we’ll work on today!
S- Specific! The more specific you make your goals, the less room you have to find loopholes. Setting certain check points on how many times per week you intend to be active, even better maybe days and times, is even better than deciding you want to exercise in general. Now you’re held to something beyond the generic!
M- Measurable! Losing weight is one way to measure health, but other important metrics like blood pressure, resting heart rate, waist measures, and days active can be even more important because they show more directly how what we are doing is affecting our health. A healthier heart isn’t measured on the scale, it is measured by heart rate! In fact, your weight may not go directly down if you have added resistance training in as muscle is more dense than fat, but your waist measures might, and your clothes may fit better! Make sure your measure is accurate to your goals!
A- Attainable! Make sure what you are shooting for is actually something you can achieve. Unless being supervised by a healthcare professional, generally 1.5 to 2 lbs a week is the maximum weight you should be losing per week if doing it in a healthy manner, so why set ourselves up for failure by trying to lose 10 to 20 lbs in a month?! The body can gain a remarkable 2-5% in strength in a week, but if we are starting with 1 lb weights, that’s still a ways to go before most of our target strength is hit! Set a reasonable timeframe for your goals!
R- Realistic! Beyond just working within the reality of what the body is capable of, make sure your goals fit what you have the time and resources for! Make sure you are not shooting for the retouched magazine cover or the body of someone paid to spend 8 hours a day in the gym if you only have 20 minutes a day, because those 20 minutes are still great!
So, don’t just resolve, be SMART about your goals, and set yourself up for success this year!
Join us for the 2019 New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge!! WIN cash prizes! Attend our weigh-in workshop on Saturday, January 19th at 9:30am. Participate in this 4 week group challenge to get healthy, lose weight, and feel great! You’ll receive tips but you choose your own method! Winners based on who loses the largest % of weight. 1st place winner- $250, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$50. No joiner fees! Let’s kick off the New Year right!! 🎉🎉 Click to RSVP