Happy New Year, everyone! 2020 is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! For many of us, the new year represents a fresh start in life. No matter what you had going on in 2019, think of this new year as a clean slate. The world is your oyster! 


With the start of a new year, comes the new year’s resolutions. Typically due to the busy holiday season and all of the delicious food that surrounds us at the end of the year, many of us make a resolution to become healthier and more active. We’ve all been there before. You set a fitness goal and are able to stick to it for about two to three weeks, but for some reason, you’re never able to fully follow through with it for the rest of the year. Instead of falling into bad habits or making excuses as to why you didn’t complete your new year’s resolution, try these tips. In this blog post, we will be discussing some simple ways that you can easily continue your fitness goals far past the end of January and even for the rest of the year! Keep reading to learn more!     


Write Your Goals Down and Be Specific

Anyone can say that they want to lose weight and become healthier, but be specific about what you’re looking to accomplish. The goal “to be healthier” can encompass a wide variety of things, and if you aren’t specific it’s easier to fall away from that goal. Think about it. Why are you wanting to have a healthier lifestyle? Is it to lose weight? If so, how much? Are you looking to try a new workout class? If so, what type? Giving yourself specific goals will make it easier for you to figure out how exactly you’re going to accomplish these goals. If you don’t know where to start, that’s okay too. At Shredd KC, we offer personal training and other forms of group fitness that are perfect if you’re looking to be introduced into the world of health and fitness. Check out our class schedule and personal training programs.  


Track Your Progress 

Finding a tangible and visible way to track your progress makes it easier for you to see the progress you’ve made, which is one of the best motivators. You also need to find a way to track your progress that is conducive to you. For example, if you’re looking to lose weight there are many ways that you can track that. Whether that be from tracking your macros, progress pictures, or tracking your weight on the scale, giving yourself something that you can visibly see also helps you figure out what you may need to tweak within that routine. 


Set Realistic Expectations For Yourself

It’s easy to become over-eager and set the goal that you want to lose 50 pounds, or that you want to run a marathon. While these goals are incredible and they’re totally accomplishable, make sure that you’re setting realistic expectations for yourself. While it’s possible for you to obtain those goals by the end of the year, don’t be discouraged if you’re not where you want to be by the second week of the pursuit. Remember to pace yourself. Many people tend to give up their fitness goals because they become disappointed that they’re not hitting these goals as fast as they thought they would. It takes time. You didn’t gain that extra weight in one day, so it’s going to take more than one day to lose it. No one becomes an Olympic athlete overnight, so be kind to yourself when you’re not squatting as much weight as you wanted to. You will get there, but it will take time. 


As we mentioned, people like to go full throttle when it comes to health and fitness new year’s resolutions. Remember to rest, your body needs proper rest and recovery in order to be at its best. This rest can come from getting a full eight hours of sleep every night and from taking a day off from the gym. Every athlete takes days off. Not only is it necessary for your body but it also helps avoid the burnout that people tend to get. Taking a day off from the gym is not going to hinder any progress, in fact, it does the exact opposite. 

The new year is a wonderful time to embark upon new health and fitness goals. Check out our gym in Lees Summit for everything that you need to crush your 2020. Connect with us for more information, and Happy New Year!