Plan your targets for 2020 with these organisational and motivational tips.
We’re now well into January and for many people this means planning out our goals for the coming 12 months. If you are looking to achieve something related to your health or fitness this year, then now is the time to begin deciding on what that is and setting out intermediary goals that will help you reach your ideal targets.
However, this is often easier said than done. Plans change and life always gets in the way. You may start the year full of enthusiasm about losing that bit of weight or competing in that sporting event, but after a few months your motivation may be low, and the goal may seem unachievable.
At our chiropractic centre, we’re all about helping patients work towards their specific goals when it comes to their health and wellness. That’s why we’ve prepared these 6 tips that may help you plan your year effectively, aiming towards your targets in the most effective way possible. Here’s how to set your health and wellness goals for the coming year:
A Diary or Planner is Key
Whether digital or printed, a diary is your best friend when it comes to planning a healthy year. You can arrange fitness sessions, keep track of classes or bookings, plan meals and note down your calorific intake. Most importantly, you can mark important events or dates for personal weight or fitness targets.
Having these things written or typed down can help to remind and motivate you to commit to your goals and incorporate good habits into your lifestyle.
It’s Better with Friends
It’s often difficult to go it alone. When you’re setting your health goals this year, telling friends or family members can help you stay motivated and have some accountability. They could even train or take on a diet plan alongside you for the support.
Regular fitness classes, diet clubs and sports teams are also great solutions for anyone who struggles with motivation – having people to exercise with or talk about your nutrition can be just what you need.
While it’s important to aim high, it’s equally as important to set goals that are achievable. For instance, if you’ve never run a marathon before you’re going to need quite a bit of training before you should take one on!
Setting realistic goals makes it easier to make incremental progress and stay motivated as you move on to even higher targets. If you need help setting a realistic plan for the year, having professional lifestyle and well-being advice can be hugely beneficial.
Don’t Forget to Take a Break
You should know when to arrange time in your plan for recovery and relaxation. Of course, you should take fitness, health or weight loss goals seriously, but you do need to incorporate some time for respite. As an example, if you want to stay active every day, having one rest day per week can be beneficial in helping your body recover.
Remember though, there is a difference between a rest day (stretching, walking, sleeping well) and a lazy day. Take your recovery seriously!
Variety is the Spice of Life
If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it up. Usually after a month or two of integrating a new habit into your routine, you should be able to feel if it is making a difference or if you’re making effective progress. If that isn’t the case, or you’ve been finding a new habit to be more harm than help (certain exercises for instance may result in strain or injury), then you should figure out an alternative.
Or, if your prescribed routine is making you miserable, either from a type of exercise you hate or a food you get sick of, then it’s worth looking at alternatives as well. It’s important to keep things fresh and interesting for both your body’s benefit and your mental health and enjoyment.
Seek Professional Advice
By far the best way to plan out achievable goals effectively is with the advice and guidance of a trained professional. This could be a personal trainer, sports coach, nutritionist or healthcare professional.
At our chiropractic centre, we offer chiropractic consultations with a whole-body approach to health and wellness, which can be of benefit to anyone looking to treat a pain, strain or injury and work towards overcoming it. We also offer one-to-one well-being coaching that encompasses rehabilitation exercises and remedial therapy, as well as lifestyle advice.
To find out more about the advice, health consultations and guidance we can provide, feel free to contact us.