Getting Prepared for “New Year, New You” Goals
The holidays are a particularly wonderful time of year. It’s a time to visit family we may not have seen since last year, and a time to meet up with friends and coworkers. But, it’s also one of the most difficult times of the year for exercise and health enthusiasts to stay on track. High-intensity workouts along with some of our tips and tricks can help keep you motivated going into the new year and beyond.
Exercising and eating healthy is a choice that benefits us in both the short and long term. In order to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits, we have to change the way we exercise and the way we think. So how do exercise enthusiasts, specifically high-intensity workout enthusiasts, stay in shape after the holidays? They set goals that they stick to year round.
Keeping Your New Year’s Goals
- Hold onto the Current Year’s Goals – Setting New Year’s goals is a good start, but it is unlikely that you will keep those goals if you haven’t completed the ones you set for the current year. Follow through with this year’s goals, then keep the ones for next year.
- What Motivates You – Ask yourself why you exercise and eat right. Is it because you want to feel and look good? Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves why we take care of ourselves and keep reminding ourselves every time we begin to get off-track.
- Where Do You Want to End Up – You need a direction before you can start your journey, and you certainly need a direction so that you can get to your destination. In order to stay on track with your diet and exercise regimen, you must have guidelines that you follow.
- Setting Goals – You have to be able to visualize what your goals are before you can set them. If you can’t see it happen, it won’t. Goals can be obtained by utilizing the mnemonic device S.M.A.R.T.
- Specific – Your goals must be clearly defined and identifiable. Ask yourself the following: Who, what, where, when, which, and why. When you answer those questions, you will have a much better idea of how to define and identify your specific goals.
- Measurable – Your goals must be quantifiable. When setting your goals, ask yourself, “How much?” or “How many?”, and “How will I know when it is accomplished?
- Attainable – Your goal must be within reach, something that can be reasonably achieved. Many goals can be attained when you set your mind to doing them.
- Realistic – When setting goals, it is important that you understand what is possible and what is not possible. A realistic goal is one that you are both willing and able to work towards completing.
- Timely and Tangible – Goals need to have time-frames attached to them. Without a time-frame, there is no sense of urgency, and without a sense of urgency, there is no incentive to complete it. Tangible goals are ones that you can be experienced with one of the senses, such as taste, touch, smell, see, or hear.
- Keep Good Records – When we keep records of what we eat, how much exercise and sleep we get, etc. we can compare it to the goals we have set for ourselves. If we haven’t met our goals, we can look back at our records to see where we may have gone wrong. Could we have eaten too much, not gotten enough sleep, or were we unable to exercise on one or more days?
- Utilize the Buddy System – When we just can’t motivate ourselves to stay on track, a workout buddy can help keep us there. Exercise buddies can provide us with the extra support, and motivation we need, and make us accountable for our actions.
Exercise enthusiasts who are committed to maintaining their goals year round know just how difficult it can be to stay on track, especially around the holidays. In addition to setting New Year’s goals, they maintain a realistic outlook on exercise and eating. First, they allow themselves to periodically go off of their healthy diet regimen, especially during the holidays, because they know how difficult it can be to maintain it 24/7. Second, they maintain a high-intensity interval training workout regimen that keeps their metabolic rate high, helping them burn the extra fat and calories they consume. During the holiday season, that can be especially beneficial.
HIIT works the body at an aerobic and anaerobic level. It combines medium and high-intensity cardio exercise which not only strengthens the body and helps burn fat, it also helps your body to continue burning fat long after the workout is over. That continued fat burning can last for two days after the workout routine has ended. High-intensity interval training also takes much less time to get the same health benefits than traditional exercise does. Since HIIT takes less time out of a busy schedule, it fits easily into the holiday season and allows exercise enthusiasts time to visit with loved ones.
When eating and exercising, it is always best to maintain the correct frame of mind. At Rise Nation, we can help you set realistic and attainable exercise goals, stick with those goals and allow yourself occasional pleasures not only during the holidays but all year round, and make your HIIT workout and lifestyle one that includes the “New Year, New You” attitude. After all, you don’t want your New Year’s exercise goals to live and die on January 1st.