December Fitness Goal!

When the ball drops on New Year's Eve will you have achieved a mini-goal?

I talked about this last month: the reverse New Year's goal.  What fitness or health goal would you like to achieve by December 31st?  Too-tight black dresses, after all, aren't as fun to boogie in as the ball drops on New Year's Eve.

Think small

Just focus on one small thing.  Doing a real pushup from the toes, going to the gym three times a week all month long, promising yourself to eat breakfast every day, scheduling in a fitness class with a friend.  Keep it simple and it will be a lot easier to achieve.

Schedule time for it

It's hectic this time of year, I know, so get out your calendar (right now!) and plan for how you're going to achieve this goal.  Look at the holiday parties and steer accordingly. And if your goal now seems hard to accomplish with your current schedule, pick a new goal or simplify the current one so that it's still achievable.

Track your goal

Maybe just a Post-It note on the bathroom mirror or maybe a full blown Excel spreadsheet with charts, but come up with a way to track your progress.  It'll keep you motivated and on track.  People who journal or track their goals are much much more likely to make it.

Celebrate in style

When you reach your goal, it will likely be New Year's Eve!  What better way to celebrate than with friends and family.  Throw a little party or say yes to that invitation that you're hesitating over.  Go out and celebrate the little victories and think about what your next goal will be on January 1st! Don't forget to check out 10 tips to survive the holidays! Cheers, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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2 Responses to December Fitness Goal!

  1. Dawn December 3, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    What a great idea Lisa.

    So often we leave things to the new year and write of the Christmas period as being too busy or we succumb to all the tasty treats and drinks on offer and then become disappointed with ourselves.

    Around this time I always use the “Christmas credits’ tag line when ever I’m training someone. This usually gets them working harder as the know when everone else is feeling guilty they can feel proud of themselves because they have built that “reserve” of workout credits :)

    And of course like you said celebrate in style on NYE.

    Thanks for the reminder that goals can still be set in the “Silly Season” :)

  2. Lisa Johnson December 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Dawn nice description of it “silly season” and I like your Christmas credits idea I just might borrow that with my clients ;-) L–

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