This is the first week of February. Do you know where your resolution is? If you’re like us, you might break through New Year’s doors, exercise, eat enough, and now you’re feeling a little bit, run.
The second month of the year has a way of losing power. We’re tired, tired of the gym, and don’t even talk about kale.
“The reason for this recession is that we’ve set many ambitious goals and begun to live,” said Jaime McFaden, one of our Aaptiv trainers. “Humans are results-oriented, so we go, we go, we go, we go in January, we go to our goals, and then we go to the plateau where the weather is bad, and the initial momentum disappears.”
“In a perfect world, work, family and social activities are not interrupted, and is easy to implement determination, because we have a lot of time and effort into them,” explained McFaden. “But on the contrary, our schedules are full, we fall in love, we spend a few crazy weeks at work — that’s life.”
To help us through the downturn in February, we advised McFadden on some possible ways to get back to our best.
Make a habit.
One of the main reasons we are determined to fail is that they don’t usually live long. “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 wear a bikini – now what?”
McFaden doesn’t make short-term decisions, but suggests a healthy habit, and they’ll stick to your methods. “I’ve always focused on the habit of solving problems.” “Habits can ultimately help you create a healthy lifestyle, so you don’t need to make such a big decision in January,” she said.
But how do you develop these good habits? Make small changes over long periods of time (you can actually guarantee that). Try it: next time you think about your goals, turn them into something better. For example, if you are determined to stay healthy, be sure to wake up with a glass of water every day. The best habit is that you can actually implement it.
Find your real reason.
You may have heard that you should ask yourself why you should set a new goal and you should. But make sure your reasoning is important enough to get you through the darkest moments.
“I ask every customer why,” he says. “They say, ‘ok, I want to lose weight,’ and I ask why.” They say, ‘because I want to be healthy,’ and I ask why they say, ‘because I want to feel better,’ and I ask why. Then they finally found out that they had a family history, or that they never thought they had done anything – more important than losing weight.
McFadden recommends asking yourself this series of repetitive questions until you really feel like you’ve found the deepest and most important reason you want to reach your goals or resolutions. If there’s any good reason, it’s more likely to stick with it.
Ask for help.
Everybody falls off the wagon — it’s a common phenomenon, and we’ve got it. McFadden’s first step got you back on track? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness – it’s a perfectly acceptable way to do it.
“If you feel like you’re in a recession or not meeting your goals, find a friend to help push you,” McFadden said. “Find a community of people who know what’s going on and share some helpful ways to get rid of your fears.”
In some cases, communities can even be digital. “Nothing is more like the Aaptiv community.” “I’ve never seen such understanding and motivation. Men and women wake up every morning and push each other.” That’s great. ”
If you need more stress, don’t be afraid to ask your gym or nutritionist. Sometimes only professionals can get you back on track.
Big goals lead to big results – results that take a lot of time. “We set goals and determination for results,” McFadden said. The results give us motivation. “But most of the results are not immediate, and if we look too long, we’ll find out.”
So the key is to rely on incentives. “It’s not shameful to reward yourself for your hard work,” McFadden said. “We are human beings and we need some motivation to keep working.” “Amen.
If it’s not instantaneous or record-breaking, it could be real, such as buying a new swimsuit, planning a trip with a friend, or enjoying the night. Be sure to plan small (or large) rewards along the way. You deserve it!