January is in full swing, gym memberships are on offer everywhere you look & everyone is on a new diet. And as with every year it will be a few short weeks until the dark cold nights win & cooked hot food wins over the salad every time. (Side note before I get into this post if you’re on a new year diet in the UK right now and it involves eating salad in January walk away and find a diet that is far more suitable and sustainable because salads are not plus warm cooked meals can be just as healthy) another side note the previous sentence does not apply if you’re on a raw diet in that case I take my hat off to you because that is hard work! No one sets out with the intention of being that person that makes a solid week’s appearance at the gym followed by a few good sessions followed by one class per week followed by cancelling your direct debt.
There is a cheat that will help you stay dedicated and on track. Set SMART goals!!! Yes smart goals… if you don’t know what SMART stands for it’s;
You’re goals should tick each one of these! I want you to think hard about what your fitness goals are and why!!!
Don’t just say I want to be toned or I want to lose a stone… how do YOU want to look and feel?
A phone background of some woman’s abs who happens to be a PT and in the gym 5 days a week 2 hours at a time isn’t realistic if you’re a mom with a full time job.
If it’s not realistic then you’re going to lose momentum quickly when you haven’t seen any results by the end of January.
Every year, I set a few fitness goals that I want to achieve back in 2018 I killed it and I was so happy with my body, in 2019 I wasn’t as dedicated to the cause & I wasn’t as realistic with my time.
So this year I have written down my 3 fitness goals for 2020 and I’m sharing them with you to help me stay accountable! (I swear by accountability & you can read about it here)
DO A PULL-UP
Okay this is actually on my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30 so I actually have until August to achieve this one. For someone who’s legs are relatively strong & has one of the strongest cores of everyone I know the lack of functional strength in my upper body is actually laughable
So this year, I’m pushing myself (pun intended) to cross-train a lot more & get on the rowers. That means more sculpt classes, weight training at the gym, and also incorporating various exercises that help prepare for pull-ups <fortunately I have a good plan that I started working on previously when I was training with Deon! (Check him out on Instagram)
FINALLY BE ABLE TO RUN 10k (WITHOUT STOPPING)
I’m all for small wins to help keep me motivated and get the momentum going to help keep me on track. That’s why having a plan especially when it comes to something like running distance is super important.
Again I’m going for accountability, I’m taking my gym bag to the office I’ll be telling everyone I sit by that I’m going for a run at lunch even if they don’t want to hear it because that’s what will hold me accountable.
I’m also all about the recovery with this one, & recovery is right on trend in 2020. My aim is to run 10k without stopping so rest is important for my body to heal, there’s no point getting to 9k then being told not to run for a month because of shin splints just to start all over again. Shin splints are the real deal & I’ve suffered through them before but I don’t recommend anyone does this.
If you do start get early signs of shin splints ice rest and stretches are your best friend!
LEARN TO SNOWBOARD
So this goal started off as learn to ski, because well I can’t! I never went on ski trips at school because they were far too expensive & I HATE the cold even more so now I suffer with raynauds. A few months back now I was invited on a ski holiday however after saying yes but disclosing I can’t & have never been skiing it was suggest I shouldn’t go due to the high coast of equipment, lessons & clothing, also apparently it’s not fun if you’re on a baby slope & everyone else is on the big one. So I made a vow that this would never happen again & I looked into lessons. However…. way back when I had a PS1 I was obsessed with a snowboarding game & after some consideration decided I just feel like snowboarding is cooler so I booked the lesson & headed over to Sweaty Betty’s sale to get some stylishly warm clothing!!!
& of course I’m always up for a day of new activities that help you stay fit & active. See fun & fitness it’s all about balance!
So there you have it, it’s out in the world now & before I head off to the gym I want to address some of the cock blockers to achieving fitness goals;
Well of COURSE I can’t seem to reach my aspiring fitness goals with this kind of mindset!
The mind plays such a important part when it comes to fitness, there is a great deal of mind over matter!
What are your fitness goals for 2020? I’d love to know what you’re working towards!