I trust you all had a very merry christmas :).
It’s almost time to welcome in the new year, we’ve got a short week for those who are going back to work and then most are off again for the start of 2017. If you don’t need to train this week it could be the ideal time for a rest week, especially considering that gyms will have strange hours, unless you’re a member of a 24/7 one that is.
With the new year will come new goals, most will wait until the day to set theirs but I urge you to start doing it now. That way you will be able to write some clear goals, I am sure you’re all familiar with SMART (specific, measurable, agreed, realistic, time-bound), this is a time tested method of setting goals, however there are other options to consider.
– One Minute Goal Setting
Write down what you want to achieve and HOW you’re going to achieve it in less than 250 words, that a way it will take less than a minute to read said goal. You can have multiple ones.
– Action Based Goals
Similar to OMGS, you write down your end goal and then the actions that you will be implementing to help you make a life style change, here is an example: Buying smaller plates to reduce portion size in meal.
Get the idea? This is actually a very effective method, just make sure you keep your daily/weekly actions in view at all times.
Feel free to use either of those 3 methods.
As it’s boxing day you will find that the shops are open and there are various sales going on, I would suggest popping in to one and getting yourself a couple of dairies for tracking your training, nutrition and perhaps even your daily activities. This will help you keep on top of your own accountability and keep you honest.
If you have any idea for your new years resolutions I would highly recommend this one: Be honest with yourself, write things down and see where you are going right and what might need a little adjusting to fit the behaviours you will need to progress in 2017.