Tips for Setting Health & Fitness Goals for 2013

by Head Health Nutter on December 31, 2012

Happy New Year, Everyone! Are you psyched to start afresh for 2013? Many people balk at New Year’s Resolutions and if you’re one of them, then you (especially) will appreciate today’s guest contribution by Leon Harris. Check out his helpful hints for making your 2013 resolutions!  

Every year we do it to ourselves, don’t we? We set out to make some health and fitness goals, ones that we claim we’ll be passionate about sticking to, only to break one (or all) of them come Valentine’s Day. If this is the story of your life, then this is the article for you because we’re going to help you come up with some ambitions that are realistic to make and (relatively) easy to keep:

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Think It Through First

Our actions tend to follow our thoughts and so before doing anything, think about why you’re setting a particular set of goals to begin with. Is it because you want to lose weight or because it sounds good to say that you want to lose weight? Is it because you want to eat healthier or you simply don’t want to be the only one eating out all of the time?

Kelly Osborne recently did an interview on her 60 lb weight loss and she brought up a really good point as to why she was able to finally get into a bikini (for a magazine cover). She said that it was because she loved herself and she wanted to lose weight for her own benefit. We keep goals better when we do them for very similar reasons. Therefore, make sure to be really honest about why you want to make the health and fitness adjustments that you do.

Make Your Goals Complement Your Lifestyle

If you’ve never exercised for 45 minutes three times per week, honestly, you’re probably not going to do it now (at least not for very long). If you can’t remember the last time that you went a week without eating some form of fast food, to pledge that you won’t eat another french fry is probably not a promise that you’re going to be able to keep.

Instead, make commitments that actually complement your lifestyle. For instance, promise yourself that you are going to make sure to do something active for 10-15 minutes per day (even if that’s walking your dog in the evening or opting for taking the steps over the elevator at work). When it comes to food, consider taking your lunch into the office 3-4 days out of the week and “rewarding yourself” for doing so by having a taco or burger on Fridays.

As you get used to doing things a different way, over time, you will build up a tolerance for what’s good for you and less of a desire for what’s not.

Get Some Accountability

One reality about womens health is that it can be much easier to set goals and reach them when we have the support of a family member, friend or co-worker.

After you have created all of your plans for the New Year, discuss them with some of the ladies that you know and ask them if they would like to join in as a participant or accountability partner for you. That way, you have someone to share your good and bad days with, plus you’ll also have an individual to celebrate you when your health and fitness aims are finally reached. A cheering section is always an added bonus!

About the Author

Leon Harris is a contributing writer for Health Testing Centers. Harris lives in Southern California, and enjoys eating healthy and exercising with his two Golden Retrievers.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Are they realistic and attainable? Are you doing them for YOU? 

Happy New Year, Live Lighter Readers! Let me know how I can help you keep your 2013 health & fitness goals!

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Emmanuel Lopez January 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

Hi Steph,

Many thanks for this post on setting fitness goals for 2013!

I am happy to say my new year’s resolution for more exercise is on track! Last night I took the first of 9 fitness classes called Total Body Workout. It was painful and exhausting because I did more exercise in 1 hour then I did past 2 years! My body is aching even now but I will persevere!

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Head Health Nutter January 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hey Emmanuel! Congrats on getting more exercise in your life! Are you still on track?

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chiropractors in Rayleigh January 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

I enjoyed this piece of information. I must state that if only we take it serious it will go a long way to help many of us with sedentary life style

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