7 great tips for health fitness goals setting. Want to lose weight get fit in 2022? You’re not alone! How to create realistic – and achievable – New Year goals
Most of us make New Year resolutions – according to a study by comparison site, Finder. At the start of 2021 – 83 per cent of Aussies surveyed said they’d made New Year resolutions. And the majority (51 per cent) want to either lose weight or get fit. But if you’re not careful many of these resolutions can be difficult to maintain and you could end up giving up before you reach the end of the month! Before you start writing an impossible list of goals – make sure you are realistic. Set achievable resolutions so you are not setting yourself up for failure, here is our top 7 tips.
# 1 Take a look at your life
RefreshYOU Pymble Head trainer, Richard Hallett explains it is important to look at your lifestyle when setting health fitness goals. He says if you are already very busy with perhaps a full-time job and children then adding in exercise sessions, without planning how you’ll fit them in, is not necessarily the best approach. Instead you could become easily overwhelmed and end up quitting entirely.
He advises taking a look at what you could stop doing – and replace that time with exercise. He says that all the RefreshYOU trainers are happy to have individual chats with clients to assess goals and help you work towards them – not just in January – but throughout the year.
To create and maintain a healthy fitness regime, you’ll need to attend more than one weekly session. But rather than set a specific number of training sessions, just try to do it as often as you can. That’s why the team at RefreshYOU offer lots of sessions at different times – so that it can fit in with your lifestyle.
# 2 Setting a challenge
If you are deadline driven or like a challenge, you might find it helps to find an event which you can train for – perhaps a fun run or charity walk (such as Coastrek). This can focus your attention on working towards a goal, which helps you stay motivated.
# 3 Find a buddy!
Another way to stay on track for your health fitness goals is to team up with a friend or partner. Find someone with a similar lifestyle and goals and agree to keep each other motivated. This is another reason it’s great to train with a group of like-minded people – such as the RefreshYOU members. Everyone supports one another and having that social connection makes it far more enjoyable and fun.
# 4 Set small targets
Ease your way into your health fitness goals by creating manageable steps – rather than one massive challenge which can feel out of reach and difficult.
Richard says: “One of the best things you can do is simply maintain your attendance at the exercise sessions.”
He adds that if your goal is weight loss, then this is long term and a lifestyle, rather than an eight-week challenge.
#5 Reward yourself
Congratulate yourself when you do attend training sessions or meet milestones. This could be by booking yourself a massage or taking some me-time (no jobs or chores allowed!).
#6 Write your goals down
You may like to write your goals (try not to make more than five!) and put them on your fridge where you will see them and feel inspired!
Get your family on board to help encourage and motivate you.
#7 Your health prescription
As well as having your weight loss or fitness goals, it’s important to make sure you are following other healthy habits in your life. Take time out to relax – this could be through meditation, or a long walk in nature whatever helps you de-stress. Connect with family and friends – either online or, if you are able to, face-to-face.
Eat a balanced diet (check out our blog on TRE (Time Restricted Eating), stay hydrated, cut out or cut back on alcohol and get enough sleep! Ideally aim for around eight hours a night and remember it’s better to go to bed early than sleep in late.
Try working through our my method list of Healthy Habits, all of them will make a difference, guaranteed.