Ginger Daniels Movement Specialist
As I awake to this glorious first day of 2016, I feel inspired to share my thoughts on creating successful, realistic goals that I can keep throughout this entire coming year….
Many of us feel motivated right in this first week of a new year to get organized about getting healthy and making all those fitness goals we felt we had no time for in the previous year. However, as the weeks continue, it is difficult to maintain our goals, perhaps because we begin with such gusto that we create some ideas that are a little bit superhuman. SO my motto this year is to take baby steps. I want to set attainable goals that I can carry through ALL THIS YEAR and I want to help you to do the same for yourself. For instance, if I haven't run even a quarter mile 4-5 days per week for the last several months and I suddenly decide that I should enter and run in the upcoming LA Marathon that is only a month away, that might be taking on too much too soon. I will most definitely burn out quickly and I might even create an injury because my body needs a longer time block for conditioning.
I personally have new clients who are always coming into a new year with huge weight loss goals right out of the gate. Let's try this: Begin with the goal of getting into shape. Committing to an attainable goal of working out just 3 days per week, for one hour per day ALL YEAR LONG. The weight will come off naturally if you make the commitment to yourself to stick with this goal that you've set for yourself. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. I'm not saying that we shouldn't aim high, but rather take smaller steps so that we keep our goals in a place that they can actually be achieved. Just think if you commit to this one simple goal, that marathon could be something to add to the list of goals next year. Here's to the best year yet!
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