Setting Goals For 2022!

The intention of setting fitness and lifestyle goals is to provide focused energy that helps you stick to a program and be more effective. With 2021 over, it’s that time again to reflect on your progress so far and decide what your next fitness goals are for the coming year. Here are some tips to help you do just that in the current times.

Setting Goals For 2022!

It’s a new year, and a new year brings new beginnings and starting new habits for the better! It's a great time to hit the reset button on your health and try new activities.

Whether you are someone who sets New Year’s resolutions or not, January is a great time to re-visit or re-create your fitness goals and plan ahead.  Inverclyde Leisure provides you with great tools to monitor the progress toward and accomplishment of your goals!

 

Goal Setting

The intention of setting fitness and lifestyle goals is to provide focused energy that helps you stick to a program and be more effective.
With 2021 over, it’s that time again to reflect on your progress so far and decide what your next fitness goals are for the coming year. Here are some tips to help you do just that in the current times.

 

Keep it real

Be realistic. People often go all in making lots of big changes at once; a new diet, dry January, quit smoking, and exercise every day. If you go balls-to-the-wall you will most likely realise your expectations are too much to keep up with.

Find something that is sustainable throughout the year and start with tackling one change at a time so as not to overwhelm yourself.

Figure out your why?

Maybe you want to drop some weight or run a 5k. It’s great to have a goal but the reasons “why” you want to be able to achieve it is your motivator. Why is it important to you to achieve this? Think about how it will make you feel when you achieve it, then on the days when you’re tired and can’t be bothered to train or heading to the fridge for some comfort eating, remember your why!

 

Make a plan and journal your progress

Write a plan of how you are going to reach your goal. Break it down into smaller markers and record your workouts in a journal. It's the small achievements on the way which are the stepping stones to getting you to your end goal. Hitting these markers along the way will provide structure to your training but also give you the motivation to keep going. You'll be surprised how easily it helps exercise becomes a habit.

Recommit to eating healthy

Lockdown snacking and drinking has been a crutch for a lot of us during the COVID-19 situation. Try and stock your fridge with healthy snacks and try out new healthy recipes. Meal planning is a great way to make sure you commit to healthy eating as it takes the choices away and if you buy in food in advance you are more likely to eat it.  

If you like tracking things you can also use apps like MyFitnessPal or Chronometer to track your food intake. Sometimes doing this for a little bit helps show you what you are eating and keeps you more honest.

Develop a healthy sleep schedule

I talk about sleep a lot. Just like if we had no food and water, without sleep we would die. Sleep is where our body repairs. We all know what it feels like to get a good night's sleep and a bad night's one. We perform better, our mindset is more positive and it helps stop cravings for sugar and junk food. Try to create a night routine for yourself, too. Try and go to bed at roughly the same time each night. Switch off from devices, maybe take a bath, read a book, basically try to wind down. It will help you fall asleep faster and settle into a healthy circadian rhythm that supports high-quality sleep. For more tips check out our blogs on sleep.

 

Don't forget your mental health and mindset, they will probably be the biggest factors to get you through at the moment.

Take time out for yourself to relax – read a book, take a bath, have a session in our Refresh Suite (!) – whatever you consider your form of self-care MAKE TIME FOR IT. Life is all about balance, you can be strict with your new goals but if you don’t make time to enjoy yourself and relax you won’t stick it out. And don’t forget to get outside for at least 20 minutes every day! The great outdoors is the deepest healing medicine of all.

 

 

Remember to go easy on yourself, trust us - it’s much more important than losing weight.

If you’re ever struggling with motivation in the gym please speak to a member of staff who will gladly help you on your fitness journey!

 

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