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How to Set Long-Lasting New Year’s Goals

By January 3, 2018 No Comments

Sponsored by Healthy Choice

Ah, January. This is the time of year “resolutioners” set their goals sky-high. They’re motivated and ready to go, and nothing stands in their way. But despite good intentions of self-improvement, getting fit, and eating healthier, so many resolutions are abandoned by February—why?

Most of us tend to go overboard on goal-setting, fail to achieve what we set out to do, and subsequently ditch resolutions altogether. (That’s just one of the reasons that we’ve declared F*Resolutions here at Flywheel.)

Keep in mind that the number one reason New Year’s resolutions are broken is due to busy schedules. Don’t let this be your excuse! If you have a very hectic schedule, it might be impossible to cook a healthy dinner and work out seven days a week. Rather than setting strict rules and regulations, don’t overcommit. Instead, establish realistic fitness and food goals that will keep you on track for success throughout the entire year. We suggest aiming for three Flywheel classes a week and cooking up plenty of nutritious food on Sunday night to last for a few days. This is a great way to achieve long-lasting, holistic wellness.

It also helps to have a workaround plan in place.  If you get stuck working late one night and don’t have time to cook dinner, don’t let this derail your healthy eating goals.  Our partners at Healthy Choice and their nutritionist offer some advice. “When I want a chef-inspired healthy meal, but don’t have the time to prepare it, nor the desire for leftover produce that may go to waste, my go-to options are the new Power Bowls from Healthy Choice,” said Kristin Reimers, who leads Nutrition at Conagra Brands. “These meals provide a perfect solution for a healthy meal made of nutrient dense ingredients, prepared in about five minutes.”  Stock up on these easy nutritious meals for days you need to prioritize other things over cooking.

Lacking motivation and accountability? Tell friends and family about your new and inspirational goals. This will provide you with a support system and increase the likelihood that you stick to what you set out to do.

And don’t forget to track your progress!  As you would with a long-term work project, establish ways to measure how far you’ve come and celebrate small milestones. The Flywheel Sports app is an awesome way to track performance stats and provides a snapshot of your achievements over time.  If you find yourself earning medals or Powering Up more, celebrate things like this to keep yourself inspired and focused!

Most importantly, be sure you have fully assessed your goals and are willing to dedicate your time and energy to crushing them. Use the energy of the new year as an opportunity to make important changes for you and your overall health. Your body and mind will thank you.