Five tips to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Here are five tips to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions and achieving your goals from Dan Gingras, Group Exercise Instructor at SSC. 

It’s the start of a new year and you know what that means: it’s time to make those resolutions and get back in shape. There are a few things to consider when getting back in the swing of things.

First, set yourself up for success by establishing goals. This is one of the most important things you can do when starting a new exercise program at the beginning of the year. Goal setting will keep you on track and give you something to shoot for, thus keeping you accountable for what you want to accomplish. When you are ready to begin setting your goals, there is one simple acronym you must remember: SMART.

S: Specific– When you are setting your goals, steer clear of something generic like “lose weight.” When you set a specific goal, it will help you accomplish what you set out to do.

M: Measurable– This is the second key to successful goal setting. Your goal has to be something that you can measure, like “lose five pounds” or “lose three to four inches off my waist.” This way, you make an initial
measurement and track your progress as you work towards your goal.

A: Attainable– Make sure that your goal is challenging but not too extreme. When you set a goal that is too easy, it doesn’t motivate you to grow or challenge yourself. Set goals that are going to push you to your limits but not so far that you never get to accomplish them.

R: Realistic– To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. If you do not have the confidence to meet this goal, you are setting yourself up for failure right from the get go.

T: Timely– This is the last and most important part of your SMART plan. When you are setting your goals, it is imperative that you put a time constraint on what you are trying to accomplish. For example, set goals that are short term such as next week and long term, such as three months from now. Your short-term goals will keep you on track and set you up for success with your long term goals.

With these five tips, you will be on the fast track to reaching your goals in a quick and efficient way, keeping you motivated and driven. With this simple goal setting technique, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

The next thing you can do to help keep yourself motivated when starting a new workout program is to set up a schedule that you can stick to. The main roadblock keeping people from using the gym each week is that they don’t believe they have the time.

To get away from this stigma, sit down and assess your daily schedule. From here, set aside 30-60 minutes each day that you are guaranteed to dedicate time at the gym. Make it a priority just like you would with a doctor’s appointment, carpool drop-off or grocery shopping.  Your workout should be a part of your daily schedule just like anything else.

Once you move past your daily schedule, look at each day of the week and select at least three days you can commit to.  This will help you stay motivated and interested in coming to the gym when you know that time is set aside specifically for exercise. This also prevents you from making an excuse to not show up. Set yourself up for success and plan your workouts out by scheduling your three days a week ahead of time, keeping you on track and accountable for accomplishing your goals.


The final step in this process is to keep yourself motivated by recruiting friends to join you. Having a workout buddy alongside you will push you to work harder and hold yourself accountable for showing up. When you know that you have a standing date at the gym with your workout partner, you are less likely to let them down, thus keeping you both coming each day and pushing each other to accomplish all the goals you set out to achieve.

Creating a strong support system will help push you to new heights. With family and friends by your side every step of the way, you will have no problem meeting your goals and in turn, making your support system proud of the work you put in. So call a few friends and hit the gym today!

Not even sure where to start with your new workout plan? A great place to look is the SSC class schedule offering a wide variety of fun and motivating classes. With the wide array of programs, there is something for everyone, from aerobic aquatic classes to Red Zone heart rate monitor training.

These classes can be modified for any fitness level and odds are that the people you meet in class have the same goals or reservations as you do. Group classes help to keep you engaged in your workout and create a new support group that you may not have realized ever existed.

So, take all of these points and begin to implement each of them.  You will quickly be on your way to a more motivated and healthy you. Once you start to see results from the hard work you put in, you will become your own self motivator.

I hope to see many of you in the class or at the gym working hard towards those resolutions you set for the new year.  Good luck!

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