Having full time work alongside many responsibilities in your home and family life you might find the fitness goals that you set at the beginning of this year slipping away. Perhaps, not just your fitness goals, your work and personal life goals might also be forgotten as well, at this time of the year I wanted to look back and see what I had achieved so far and tried to think of alternative ways to keep my fitness goals on track through summer. I hope some of these ideas can also be helpful for your goals x
Leaving your goals that you set at the beginning of the year to one side for a moment doesn’t mean that you need to forget about them forever or postpone them to another year; summer is the best time to get back into the right mindset to achieve your fitness goals even if you have some distractions that come with nicer weather like going on holiday or being out and socialising more frequently.
Goals usually don’t get achieved so easily and it is normal that they might be left to one side for a time.
One of the key ways to achieve your fitness goal is getting back to it and not giving in summer. Please remember you shouldn’t ever give up especially on your goals and your dreams! Summer is full of motivation and a great time to work towards whatever you planned to achieve by the end of this year.
Setting a goal?
What is a goal? I realised that it is always a perfect end image, an unrealistic vision for many of us and for me.
From my 2017 list: “I want to drop 2 dress sizes down this year.” Setting a perfect goal like this is almost giving yourself permission to fail!
I realised I have never dropped 2 dress sizes in a year in my entire life and setting such a difficult goal in my mind just made me feel stressed and unhappy about it when I thought of it and yes I haven’t made a big improvement towards this over the last 6 months.
1. Be realistic and keep it simple
Every change you want to make requires extra energy and time from you and you need to be grateful and pleased that you can devote your energy for something that you really want in life. This itself is great work! For the next 6 months of this year I will be more realistic and not worry about what dress or trousers size I fit in and instead focus on feeling healthier.
2. Setting a Goal? How about calling it an Initiation?
This is related to my first point, even the word "goal" (New year goals, achievements) made the situation feel cold and impossible.
Instead of putting a list of goals like exercise 5 days a week each week, no carbs, no sugar and diet until you lose 10 pounds..., I would like to try something like “I want to eat healthier today”. This doesn’t need any planning ahead or involve limiting yourself, it is just an initiation.
If I can’t achieve it, it is okay as it was just an experiment and I can try it again. if I can achieve it that’s great as I would be more motivated to carry on and maybe I can add an extra easy exercise to this like “walking back home from work” to my healthy routine.
This way worked well for me as I didn’t need to have a list of tasks for a week that usually cause me stress before even attempting them and I started to eat healthier for a half day and then built on that and continued it for more than 10 days. Every small thing I achieved made me feel more confident around what I can do and my diet was completely healthy and snack free within 3 days without any dieting list.
3. Goals... Initiations, Make them your our own
It is very easy to set a common goal for yourself like “going to the gym 3 times a week” however everyone’s habits and lifestyle are not the same. After a week of following this you might realise that going to a gym isn’t for you, or your work hours actually don't let you follow this 3 days a week.
Without personal motivation it is almost impossible to achieve a goal. If you really want to change your fitness routine I think you need to create your own personal concrete goal each day with activities that you love. As if you enjoy what you are doing you will definitely stick to it more and see much better results.
Luckily with summer you have many more outdoor activity options that might be as effective as going to a gym that you might actually enjoy doing. Why not try to play tennis twice a week? I can hear some excuses for this one, how about a simple walk outside or a new activity class that could be interesting?
Summer might seem a hard season to keep up with your fitness and your health goals but at the same time it is a great moment to get back into them. Just remember to succeed you need to be persistent and make a habit of coming back to your goals when you get distracted over the summer. x