5 Tips To Make 2020 Your Most Fit Year Ever!
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As we move toward the new year, it's a great time to start reflecting on 2019 and things we want to change and improve upon in 2020.
If you're like most, a big portion of your goals for the new year will revolve around your health and fitness.
Did you know weight loss is the most popular New Years resolution?
There is an alarming statistic that I want to share with you though.
80-90% percent of people who start a new years fitness resolution quit within the first month.
Where is the disconnect?
Why is it so hard to stay in a consistent fitness and nutrition routine?
Don't worry. We have good news for you.
Over the years we've coached hundreds and hundreds of people just like you.
People who have either never been in or were looking to get back into a fitness routine.
They were ready for a fresh start and a place to guide them, support them, and motivate them.
They were looking for a gym that would help them stay consistent, lose weight, and feel their best.
They joined our program and have absolutely thrived!
So, what made them different? How did they beat the odds and stick with their goals?
That's exactly what we're covering today!
Let's get into our 5 tips to help you make 2020 your most fit year ever!
1| Start NOW!
This is the #1 and most important tip to making 2020 your healthiest and happiest year yet.
There is something incredibly powerful in getting started.
It builds tremendous amounts of motivation and most importantly, momentum.
When it comes to getting started, it's important to embrace imperfection.
There simply is no "perfect time" to start.
Wait for that perfect time to begin and you'll still be waiting to start 6-months from now.
Our biggest transformations started small with nothing more than attending classes 1 or 2 times a week.
This got them started and allowed momentum to start to build!
Imagine starting 2020 with already having started improving your health and fitness.
2| Set goals
The first thing we have our members do is set goals.
According to a recent Harvard study, those who set goals are 10X more likely to succeed. The keep you focused, on track, and motivated.
So how do you set them?
The first thing I want you to do is think BIG!
Average, small goals don't get you excited. They don't pull you out of bed in the morning and they don't move you to take action.
In 2020 I challenge you to set goals that are big, exciting, and even scary.
Once you have it, make sure your goals fit the following criteria ⬇️.
1. Be specific
My goal is to lose 40lbs is much more effective than my goal is to lose weight.
2. Make them measurable
Be sure to focus goals around measurable areas of your health that you can track like water intake, body fat %, cholesterol, how many times/week you get to the gym, etc.
3. Put a time limit on them
Put a time limit on your goals. This will put the pressure on and force you to stay on track and consistently working hard toward your goals.
With no timetable it will be too easy to put it off.
You'll start to say things like, "I'll start on Monday."
Suddenly 6-months have gone by with no real change.
Set a deadline.
4. Make sure they are your goals
These goals must be yours, not your friends or your family's but yours. It is much easier to put in hard work and time for your own vision vs. someone else's.
After all, you motivate you!
5. Write them down
This is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do when setting goals! It makes your goals more tangible than just having them as thoughts.
Put it somewhere you can see it everyday.
This will keep it fresh in your mind so you can work on your goals daily.
Bonus points: put it somewhere your friends and coworkers can see it for a little peer pressure.
3| Change your daily rituals
So, you have your goals set. Great job!
As the saying goes, "A goal without action is just a wish".
2020 is not about wishing, it's about execution!
It's time to create daily habits and action items that are going to move us in the direction of our goals.
Let's say your goal is to lose 50lbs.
Well let's look at your daily rituals.
If they consist of hitting the snooze button to skip your workout, grabbing your breakfast and lunch at fast-food restaurants and getting little to no sleep, then reaching that 50lb weight loss goal just isn't going to happen.
To move towards your ultimate goal, we need to slowly change our actions or daily rituals and make sure they are pulling us towards our goals and not hindering them.
To paint an example, let's take a look at New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.
So, what makes Tom Brady one of the greatest to EVER play football?
There's certainly a lot that goes into it.
But there's something very different about Tom Brady and it has to do with his daily rituals.
His daily rituals, or the actions he takes each day, directly and positively impact his performance on the field.
Every day is an opportunity to make progress toward your goals, even if they are the smallest of activities.
Tom Brady is focused on the little things like putting the best foods possible into his body, getting his workouts in, and making sure his body is recovering through stretching, massage, hydrating, and getting adequate sleep.
His daily actions reflect his present and future success.
It's the accumulation of all the small, micro-level actions and decisions that he's made that make him so successful on game day.
The accumulation of these daily rituals define your current results and either pull you towards your goals, keep you stagnant, or sadly push you in the wrong direction.
4| It's all about small wins
So how do we change our daily rituals? How do we start to build tremendous amounts of momentum and progress towards our goals?
One thing I want to be very clear about is that the members with the biggest transformations at DSC didn't start by completely overhauling their health, fitness, and nutrition.
They didn't go from not working out at all to crushing workouts 6 days per week.
What they did was solely focus on creating small wins.
We talked earlier about the success rate of new year fitness resolutions.
What is the number 1 reason they fail?
Individuals focus only on the end goal. They don't create small opportunities to see and feel success, get frustrated and end up quitting.
Instead, focus on creating and celebrating small victories.
You go from going to the gym 0 times per week to 1-2 times per week -- small win.
You're able to jog or hold your plank :20 longer than last week -- small win.
You grab a heavier kettlebell for your next set of squats -- small win.
You eat a homemade salad for lunch instead of the usual fast-food take out -- small win.
The cool thing about small wins is that they add up and you start to gain momentum.
You start to see progress and realize that tackling this fitness resolution and your goals are possible.
Imagine the changes you can make to your health from days, weeks, and months of small, daily wins.
That is where the true magic is made!
5| Make it fun
There are many reasons why people quit working out but there is one that stands out above the rest.
People simply don't enjoy it.
Yes, you can actually enjoy working out!
Let's quickly talk about the typical gym experience:
You walk in, sign-up and someone shows you around.
Here's the locker rooms, there's the cardio equipment, and over there is the strength equipment.
Ok, have at it!
You hop on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical, or bike for 30 minutes and wish to yourself the entire time that it was over.
Talk about BORING! Who in their right mind wants to suffer through that 3-5x/week for an hour?
Especially if you have some kind of old injury like knee or low-back pain!
So will power runs its course and your motivation drops. Then you simply stop going. To top it off, no-one there cares about or even notices your absence.
It's this very experience that makes people hate exercising. You DON'T need to suffer through it though.
What we have found is very simple.
In order to be consistent with your workouts (and in turn see fantastic results) you need to enjoy it!
It needs to be something you look forward to, not something you dread.
You see, when it comes to making real changes with your health and fitness, consistency is KING!
The more fun you have with your workouts, the more you look forward to them.
The more you look forward to them, the more you go.
And the more you go, the better you look and feel!