With September comes the end of summer and the restart of routines. And that includes fitness routines. Refreshed from the relaxing sunny season, we’re ready to jump back into our workouts and accomplish new goals. In fact, we created our January 2.0 campaign with exactly that fresh feeling in mind.
We can’t deny, though, that schedules can get a little hectic around this time of year. And sometimes our goals can fall to the wayside as a result. Fortunately, there are a few foolproof strategies that should help you accomplish just about any goal you commit to this season.
Ready to make some serious progress? Keep reading for three ways to own all your goals.
Write It Down
The secret to completing a goal actually comes before you even begin. Once you’ve decided on a specific, realistic objective, put pen to paper and write it down. It sounds super simple but it makes a lot of sense. A goal you can physically see is more effective than one you simply think about. In one study, a group of participants was asked to think about the goals they wanted to achieve while another group was asked to write their goals down. The second group accomplished significantly more than the first group.
So, basically, write. it. down. And then, post it around your home or office where it can always remind you why you started.
Find a Friend
Accountability is huge when it comes to making your goals reality. But it’s not always easy to hold ourselves accountable, especially if it requires working out when we really just don’t feel like it. Well, that’s what friends are for! No, really. For the same reason group weigh-ins can work for some people trying to lose weight, a fitness buddy can keep us responsible and on track when we’re working towards a goal.
The same study shows that a group of participants tasked with sharing their goals with friends accomplished much more than groups that didn’t, including those that wrote down their goals. Whether it’s your best friend, coworker, or significant other, link up with someone who will push you when you can’t push yourself. Schedule your workouts together and get down to business.
Break It Up
Fitness goals are inspiring for sure, but they can also feel a bit intimidating. It’s awesome to work towards a long-term goal to get healthy overall, but it can help to break that down a bit.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, consider adding actionable steps you can take to reach that general objective. Create mini goals within your overarching one. Plan to complete three Aaptiv HIIT workouts per week or cut out alcohol on weeknights. Smaller, more specific tasks can help make big goals feel less overwhelming and more possible.
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