This is the first week of February. Do you know where your determination is? If you’re like us, you may break through New Year’s door, exercise, eat enough, and now you feel a little, ah, run.
The second month of the year has a way to lose power. We are exhausted, tired of the gym, do not even talk to us about kale.
“The reason for this recession is that we have set a number of ambitious goals and life has taken place,” said Jaime McFaden, one of our Aaptiv trainers. “Human beings are outcome-oriented, so we go, go, go to our goal in January, and then we reach the plateau where the weather is not good and the initial motivation disappears.”
Goals can be good. They give us the motivation to get us to the job. But the right choice is crucial.
“In a perfect world, there is no disruption such as work, family and social activity, and determination is easy to achieve because we have a lot of time and energy to dedicate to them,” McFaden explained. “But on the contrary, our schedule is full, we fall in love, and we spent a few weeks in our work crazy – that’s life.”
In order to help us through the downturn of February, we have suggested to McFaden some feasible ways to get us back to the best.
One of the main reasons why we are determined to fail is that they usually do not keep longevity in their hearts. “It’s easy to say, ‘I want to lose 10 pounds so I look great in a bikini,’ but you have to think about long-term goals,” McFadden said. “So you can fit into the bikini – now what?”
Instead of making short-term decisions, McFaden recommends forming a healthy habit and they will stick to your approach. “I always focus on the problem solving habits.” “Habit can eventually help you create a healthy lifestyle, so you do not need to make such a big decision in January,” she said.
But how do you develop these good habits? By making minor changes for a long time (in fact you can promise). Try it out: Next time you think about your goals, translate them into finer things. For example, if your determination is to stay healthy, be sure to drink a glass of water every day when you wake up. The best habit is that you can actually implement.
You may have heard that you should ask yourself why you set a new goal and you should do it. But make sure your reasoning is important enough to allow you to spend the darkest moments (the cravings for late-night chocolate).
He said: “I asked every customer about their reasons.” “They would say, ‘Well, I want to lose weight’ and I will ask why.” They would say, ‘Because I want to be healthy,’ I will Ask why They will say, ‘Because I want to feel better,’ I will ask why. Then they eventually find out they have a family history, or do they never think they have done anything – more important than weight loss.
McFaden recommends that you ask yourself this chain of repeated questions until you really feel that you have found the most profound and important reason why you want to reach your set goals or determination. If there is any good reason, then it is more likely to persevere.
Everyone falls off the carriage – it’s a common occurrence, and we’ve got it. McFaden’s first move to get you back on track? Do not be afraid to ask for help. This is not a sign of the weak – it’s a perfectly acceptable way to get back on track.
“If you feel yourself in a recession or fail to reach your usual goal, find a friend to help push you,” McFaden said. “Find a community of people who know what happened and share some useful ways to pull you out of fear.”
In some cases, the community can even be digital. “There’s nothing more like the Aaptiv community.” “I’ve never seen such an understanding and motivation of men and women wake up every morning and push each other.” It’s amazing. ”
If you need more stress, do not be afraid to ask a fitness or nutritionist. Sometimes it is okay that only professionals can get you back on track.
Big goals will bring big results – the result will take a lot of time. “We set the goal and determination for the outcome,” McFaden said. The result keeps us motivated. “But most of the results are not immediate, and if we look for too long we find.”
Therefore, the key is to rely on the reward mechanism. “It’s not shameful to reward yourself for your hard work,” McFadden said. “We are human beings and we need some kind of motivation to continue working hard.” “Amen.
If it can not be an instantaneous abs or a record breaking mile, it can be real, like buying a new swimsuit, planning a trip with your friends, or enjoying a night out. Be sure to plan small (or big) rewards on the road. This is what you deserve!