The end of the year is closing in fast, and you may already be tired of hearing all about New Year’s resolutions! But the matter of fact is, the New Year is a fantastic opportunity to start your schedule again fresh, set some new goals and get on track to a happier, healthier lifestyle. However, There are some precautionary measures to take when looking to set some New Year resolutions and goals, and many people make simple, common mistakes when setting their goals. So with that said, lets take a look at some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them in 2019:
1- The “all or nothing” mentality
It’s not that aiming high isn’t admirable, but don’t fall into the easy mistake of going for utter perfection rather than progression – this restricts you to having only one way to succeed whilst having a dozen ways to fail. Give yourself some flexibility and as many opportunities for success as possible, so that your new changes can become healthy habits.
2 – Only assessing the bigger picture
As above, it is important and a positive thing to look at the overall goal of where you want your fitness journey to take you, however getting from A-Z without knowing what paths and steps you have to take in between is just setting yourself up for a tough time. Split up your overall goal into manageable milestone chunks, with tracking and assessment at each step of the way. We can’t stress enough that a good solid plan is necessary here. Don’t simply generalise your resolution of ‘being more healthy’ like many people do! What does that mean? What do you need to do to achieve it, on a daily and weekly basis?
3 – Going at it alone
Support, assistance and motivation are absolutely crucial to getting the most out of your fitness journey and reaching the goals that you want to. Joining a community like Go-FitUK not only gives you access to some of the best personal trainers in Tunbridge Wells, but a community of hard-working fitness enthusiasts who are also on their own fitness journeys, and the support that goes along with it -a community of like-minded individuals who support, encourage, share and celebrate with one another. You’d be surprised just how powerful a group mentality can be.
4 – Unreachable goals
Be realistic with what you are setting up for yourself. Rather than trying to aim for the look of a certain professional athlete, take your own body and personal fitness into account. Work on the areas you think need improvement and believe in yourself! If you’re on a tight schedule, aiming to get the legs of Serena Williams isn’t going to be quite possible on 30 minute sessions! Of course, having something to aim for is important, but don’t set yourself up for failure from the beginning. Be realistic, and the rewards for your efforts will come.