We all know how hard it can be to get back on track after over indulging during the festive period. January can seem like such a slog with everyone taking a massive shift to focus on their health as the new year rolls in. With that in mind I thought I’d share my top tips on how to get back on track and smash your health goals this year.
Write them down
Writing them down makes them more permanent and less of an idea. It forces you to clarify exactly what it is that your aiming to achieve whilst holding you accountable. The act of writing you goals out can actually prove to be quite therapeutic clearing your mind rather than committing them to memory. Place them somewhere you can see them everyday, it’ll prompt you as to exactly what you want to achieve.
Make them SMART
SMART, remember this from school when you were trying to set your targets for reports? It’s the same principle. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Based. Setting goals up like this will help make you more likely to achieve them e.g. run 3 miles in 30 minutes. This way you’re working towards one specific goal rather than an open-ended one where you struggle to see progress.
Break them down
Breaking them down will make you way more likely to achieve them, it also helps you see the end goal within reach particularly if your goal is rather a big one such as losing weight. Break it down into chunks for example I want to lose x amount of weight this year but by March I would like to lose half a stone. Counting off the mini milestones will keep you on track and make you feel like you’ve achieved more.
Why not entice yourself that bit more by rewarding yourself both for your overall goals and your interim goals. You could start small and then as you hit more milestones increase the size of the reward. Start with a new nail polish and work your way up to the end goal with a larger reward. It doesn’t necessarily have to be monetary, simple things like a DIY pamper night can be a treat.
Treat yourself with kindness
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back every now and again and be your own motivator. Try not to get too hung up on the negatives of what you’re trying to achieve like seeing healthy eating as a diet (god I hate that word). Focus instead on the lifestyle change you’re making and that healthy doesn’t necessarily mean tasteless. you can also have a treat every now and again to keep you going and give you a boost.
And most importantly have fun!