Get Back on Track with Your Fitness Goals
The first couple weeks of 2019 flew by, and the will to hold on to New Year’s Resolutions is waning. Anxiety around your goals may be building as it’s difficult to change habits with the flip of a calendar page. By now, you’ve likely read all the tips and tricks you can find for setting your 2019 goals, but switching up your lifestyle can be a big challenge. Here are a few tips to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.
Be Kind to Yourself
The first thing to remember –– don’t scold yourself for falling off track. Rather than getting angry at yourself, re-evaluate why you are having a tough time sticking to your resolutions. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you find your goal isn’t actually fulfilling? If you take some time to look inward, you may find the reasons why you’re falling off track and remedy them in order to take the next steps to success.
Change Your Language
Health and fitness resolutions are often framed in a negative light. We tell ourselves “I can’t eat this” and hear mantras like “Better sore than sorry.” But, language is powerful and simply changing how you frame your resolutions can make a difference. Focus on intuitive eating and finding fitness regimes you enjoy. Instead of seeing exercise as a punishment for eating too much, think of it as a way to de-stress, feel stronger, and have more energy. Instead of telling yourself to eat less, think of food as the fuel that allows you to stay alert, perform on stage, or keep you going through long work days.
Set Smaller Goals
We all make grand proclamations at the start of the New Year when we’re teeming with excitement about what’s to come. But over enthusiasm may be what’s standing in the way of your goals. If you want to make healthier meals, start by introducing just one new recipe a week. If you want to wake up earlier, start by setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual and work form there. By setting small quantifiable goals, you can build from a realistic starting point and eventually achieve your healthy lifestyle habits.
Keep a Journal
A great way to stay motivated is to track your progress daily. Take some time at the end of each day to reflect back on what you did and how you felt during the day. Was there a new recipe that you really enjoyed? Are you feeling less stressed or tired after an invigorating workout? Keeping a journal of how you feel will remind you why you set out on your health and wellness journey, and will be proof of progress you can look back on when you need motivation.
If you want to speak to a professional on your journey to a healthy lifestyle, Unison’s assistance hotline is available for anyone in the Canadian music community registered with Unison. Call 1-855-9UNISON to access counselling.