New, New Year’s Resolutions

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New, New Year’s Resolutions

If you were able to keep the New Year's resolutions you made for 2015, congratulations. You are one of the few. So, why do so many people find themselves coming up short when the next year rolls around?

Set a Realistic Goal

A resolution is nothing more than a goal. Setting realistic goals is the best way to begin. As an example: If you need to lose 50 pounds; consider setting a goal of 10 pounds, first.

If you have heard me speak in public about getting fit, then you know one of my favorite lines is: "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." The visual is compelling.

Get S.M.A.R.T.

One approach is to use a fitness tracker and a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Combine that method with the new fitness device you got for Christmas, and you are already on your way to success.

Specific. Don't just say, "I'm going to lose weight," instead set the number of calories you will burn daily.

Measurable. That cool device now lets you quantify the goal you have specified.

Attainable. Set a goal that you know you can achieve, consistently.

Relevant. Exercise is a key factor in increasing weight loss, so exercise is relevant.

Time-bound. If your weekly goal is to burn 1,250 calories per week, get after it.

Whichever way you choose to accomplish your goals, consider the support and advice you can get from a certified fitness instructor. Our staff at Nautilus will work with you to design a plan that makes sense for you and give you maximum achievable results.