How to reach your fitness goals in 2017
Well it’s nearly the end of 2016 and you know what that means? It’s time to start looking back at the past year and thinking about what went well and what didn’t get well. It’s also a great time to start preparing yourself for 2017 and thinking about what you would like to accomplish.
Most guys will set a fitness goal that they want to achieve for the coming year. Maybe it’s losing 10kg of body fat, maybe it’s putting on 5kg of muscle this year or maybe it’s just deciding that it’s time to follow an exercise regime and actually stick to it.
Setting goals to improve your health and fitness are great because they get you motivated, but there’s also a big problem with setting goals like these for the new year. The problem is that people just decide to jump straight into their goals for the year and they go all out.
They train 7 days a week, they eat “super clean” cutting everything out of their diet and try to do all of the healthy stuff they’ve heard they should do. That’s’ where the problem comes in because most people can’t keep that up for the long run and that’s why they fail.
92% of people who set new years goals fail…
I want to share with you how you can be in the top 8% of people who stick with and achieve the goals you’ve set out for yourself. So I’m going to share with you some ways you can do that.
Why are you putting off something tomorrow that you could be starting today?
Why are you wasting more and more days leading up until New Years to take action towards those goals?
If you want to start losing belly fat, why not slowly start reducing the amount of food you’re eating at the moment and start looking at how you can make small changes.
If you’ve never stepped into a gym before you might as well join one now and start becoming familiar with the gym before it gets too crowded in January when every man and his dog will take every piece of equipment available. If you start taking action towards your goals now you’re going to be able to reach them so much quicker.
I really want you to think about why are you putting if off. the longer you put this off the harder it’s going to be when you do start. So think about what small changes you can make today that will make a big changes for the future.
Get an accountability partner
One of my goals for this year was to get down to 10% body fat and I managed to reach 9.8 % (just a bee sting under).
I wanted to see how disciplined I could be with my training and diet. I knew I couldn’t do it alone so I needed someone who would put my physically and mentally. So I started training with Max . Max helped me keep accountable to my goals and also helped me push myself hard on the days I didn’t feel motivated. I was on a consistent routine and never wanted to skip a day because I knew I would let Max down if I didn’t go.
The same could be said for him, Max managed to lose a lot of belly fat this year because he stuck to his training and his diet AND because I was keeping him accountable. I knew what he was eating and how he was training and if things started to fall apart, I would lift him straight back up and get him on track again.
If you find someone else to train with it makes going to the gym so much easier and enjoyable. Try and find someone who has the same type of fitness goals as you, that way that person will be there with you on the journey and you can encourage each other.
If you both want to lose stubborn belly fat then you’re both going to be training with weights and doing cardio. Doing it together is going to also make you more likely to not skip out on the gym because you never want to leave your mate disappointed and skip out on him just because you’re feeling lazy and thinking about going home to sit on the couch instead.
I said earlier in this article don’t try and go balls to the wall when you start to work towards your goals. If you have a goal of losing 10kg of body fat, that doesn’t mean you have to do it all in one day or one week. Losing belly fat properly and without sacrificing muscle doesn’t happen over night. You have to play it smart and start thinking about it in the long term perspective. Don’t try and cut out every food you love to eat and start training 7 days a week because you will then fall into that 8% of people who do fail their goals.
Instead just start making small changes. If you haven’t been to the gym before going once or twice a week is a 100–200% increase from going 0 times a week which is an awesome achievement. Stop thinking that you have to absolutely annihilate yourself every session.
The same goals go for nutrition. Don’t try and limit yourself to only “clean and healthy” foods. While you should reduce the amount of crap you’re eating, it doesn’t mean that you can never eat the foods you love again. Why not just start with mastering your breakfast first of all and make sure it’s something that fuels you and gives you the energy you need for the day.
Stop waiting until new years to start your goals. Write down exactly what you would like to achieve next year and then think about how you can start working on these things today.
How can you just clean up your diet a little bit more, how can you increase the amount you workout by a little bit more?
Go and find yourself a bro who you can train with and who’s going to keep you on track towards your goals. Make sure he is committed to fitness like you and doesn’t encourage you to go and get a burger after a hard workout session (one of my old friends used to get me every time with this)
Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. No one got shredded overnight, play it out and be smart.
Don’t be like the 92% of people who always managed to give up on their goals, Be different, be successful!
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