Sure, 87% of Americans are busy crafting their, largely unworkable, resolutions to insure a healthier and financially better 2013, and some are even turning to world-class apps to help them.
From new apps such as 5K Runner, Nike+ Running, and RunKeeper, to Fooducate, DietBet, and to Mint, and a host of others, you can set yourself up to eat healthier, exercise more regularly, drink less, learn something new, quite smoking, achieve a better work/life balance, volunteer more, save money, get organized, read more and finish your “to-do” lists. Those are the most common resolutions facing Americans for 2013.
Want to create a sound fitness plan for the coming year, one that pays off in real achievement app-free? Follow these tried and tested suggestions and you’ll see that by February, when your friends have thrown up their hands in sheer frustration, you’ll still be systematically executing your plan, with everyone wondering, “How’d she/he do it?”
1. You need a clearly stated, passion-filled, motivating mission statement. Use language that is specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and time-based. You can add, “enthusiastic and rewarding” to make your SMART goals, even SMARTER.
2. It needs to be “computable” and data oriented. “Lose some weight” will never happen. “Lose 1-2 pounds this week,” is much more likely to be met with success. Before and after photos, heart-rate data, and similar hard evidence is what it takes.
3. Ever say to yourself, “I’m going out for a ride”? You meander all over the place. Very different than having Siri or Google maps direct you from her to there. You need the same focused action plan to achieve any resolution. Be sure to start small and progressively add more appropriate exercise. Every see the plans your trainer has for you? Ever read a progressive routine in one of the fitness magazines? During the first week or two start off slow. In weeks three and four, gradually add more volume and intensity, and in weeks five and six, blast it. Same with your resolution solution action plan.
4. Keep track of everything you do as far as weights lifted, mileage on the treadmill or around the park or bay, food you’ve eaten, the time you spend in the gym or on the running trail and no matter what, write it down.
5. Constantly assess your progress and make any mid-course adjustments necessary to stay in the game. Sick? Take time off while finding a way to be somewhat active at home. Busy time for you with meetings at work? Exercise at the gym for only 15 minutes. Lots of beginning of the year gatherings with food you don’t plan on eating? Find ways to plan ahead and consider a Weight Watchers or other program where you spread your eating plan over the day/week. There you have 5 simple tips to assure success in the resolution game. Follow them carefully and you’ll be pleased you did—try the same with your business resolutions and you’ll find similarly rewarding results.