It’s that time of year when we think about fresh starts and making lists of the goals and resolutions we want to achieve by the end of 2019.
Do you find you struggle meet your goals? Or do you set goals that are just that bit too hard to achieve?
Succeeding at smashing those New Year’s Resolutions is only possible if you set realistic targets, work at changing small habits that will be easy to follow and make those goals accountable.
This year we want to help you set sensible goals with our ‘This Year I Will… ‘ campaign.
Let’s make healthy happen in 2019…
Here’s a few ideas to help you with your achievable New Year’s Resolutions
- Realistic Goals – Sometimes setting short, mid and long term big goals is just impossible. Life gets busy, you struggle to find a way to get started and another year passes without your goal being met. Think about small things that you can do towards your target goal. If you want to run a marathon for instance, start by looking at the different marathon plans. It’s hard work training for a marathon, so find a local running club, find a funny buddy who is also training for a marathon or is happy to join you for long runs. Be realistic and choose a date that is far enough ahead that you have time to train. Think about ways to work those long runs into you day like running to work and getting public transport home. Run to your local ParkRun, do ParkRun and run home.
- Build Healthy Habits – These needn’t be life changing. Think about simple things like just drinking more water. Get a nice new water bottle or dig out an old one and start by just trying to finish that after your work out. Or have water on your desk at work. It could be really simple things like walking to work, getting off the bus or tube at an earlier stop and walking the last bit. Set your alarm clock early once a week and find a colleague to go running or meet you at the gym for a workout. Training with a friend and getting them on board with the same goals can really help. It could be as simple as starting to have a few days week where you don’t open the wine bottle. Give you body a chance to recharge. Don’t plan to cut out alcohol completely to start with, just try to cut down. Drink water in between, try to choose less alcoholic drinks and choose activities that don’t involve drinking once a week. If you goal is to lose weight, these little tiny changes, which are easier to visualise and achieve should help you towards your bigger weight loss goal.
- Accountability – Join in our ‘This Year I will… campaign and pledge your goals for 2019. Share them us on social media and we’ll check in with you see how you’re getting on with them. Wed love to revisit these goals at the end of the year and see how many of us have reached them.
To get you started I’ll share mine. This year I will…
- Join a local walking group and do at least 6 walks in 2019 – This goal will help me meet new people, get out at weekends and I love walking! So I’ll be able to explore and find new off road running routes!
- Beat the number of miles run target from this year to 2019 – I ran 500 miles throughout 2018 but I struggled to get to that target. I’m not going to pressure myself too much but i’d like to run more this year. I have set myself a target of 550 miles and a goal to run at least twice a week. Entering races is a really good way to motivate yourself to fun more so get researching. There are loads of local 10ks in your area. I have also entered another Half Marathon so would like to beat my PB.
- Learn to cook a freefrom curry – I’m looking forward to this one… I am allergic to nuts, dairy and wheat so would love to be able to create my own curry as I cannot eat out at takeaways.
- Write more on my blog, at least once a month – I’ll enjoy this one too and have already started plotting lots of subjects to get my creativity going.
Let’s all make healthy happen. Because Healthy Happens when we share our goals.
What are yours? We’d love to hear what you have planned. Please comment below and tell us your ‘This Year I will…’ pledges…