So it’s that time of year again where we resolve to quit drinking, get fit, give up chocolate, eat healthier…..however most New Years Resolutions fail within the first few months and are a distant memory by April. By Easter we are vowing to give up chocolate all over again right?

So what’s the secret to keeping your New Years Resolutions this year?

Set achievable goals

The first step is setting yourself achievable goals that are in line with your values. Eg if your values involve going out socialising every weekend, giving up drinking is probably going to be unrealistic and you are setting yourself up to fail. Set yourself realistic goals and commit to them.

Be specific! 

Be specific about your goal and think about the language you use. Saying I would like to lose some weight, means you haven’t really decided. It’s just something you would like to happen in the distant future. I will lose 5kg by April 2013 is a much more effective goal which is more likely to happen.

Measure your progress  

Think about how you can measure your goal.  If your resolution is to lose weight, are you going to have regular weigh ins or bodyfat measurements taken? otherwise how do you know what you are doing is working?

Prepare

Keep your goals realistic. Most people fail as they try to take on too much too soon.  Don’t attempt to run a marathon if you’ve never ran a km! Start with an achievable goal of completing a 10k.  If you’re planning to start a healthy diet, make a meal plan and go food shopping beforehand. Then you have no excuse to get started.

Set a date! 

Creating a timeline to reach your goal will also keep you focused. If you don’t have an end date in mind it’s too easy to go off track + tell yourself you’ll start tomorrow.

Focus! 

Stay focused on your goal can often be the difficult bit.  Circumstances change and life gets in the way and it can be easy to lose site of your goal. Those who succeed are strongly focused on what they set out to achieve.  They spend time visualizing achieving their goal and do not allow any other thoughts or circumstances to stray them off the path. Having regular check ins with a trainer or coach to monitor your progress can also be helpful.  During the course you’re likely going to up against barriers and need some on-going motivation to continue.  Having someone to remind you of why you set the goal in the first place and why it’s important to you to reach it can be a big help to keeping you on track!

Book a session now! 

Which is where we come in at 12 Rounds Boxing. Now you’ve made a decision about what you want to achieve, what are you waiting for?  Book yourself a training package now!  We have a full range of classes for all levels of fitness and abilities or go a step further and book a personal training package.  Benefit from 1.1 instruction at a time to suit you! Our trainers will be there to motivate you, push you and monitor your progress and ensure that this time you really do get the results you want in 2013!

Contact us now and get your New Years Resolution off to a flying start!