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How To Set Realistic Fitness Goals For The New Year

If you want to succeed, you cannot set yourself up to fail.  If you want to get into shape and start leading a healthier lifestyle you need to learn how to set realistic fitness goals for the New Year.

Take Advantage of The Entire New Year

Instead of trying to lose a large about of weight or being able to run a five minute mile in a month, plan out your goals over the course of the entire New Year. If you have a certain amount of weight you want to lose or a certain fitness goal that you want to attain, like running a mile in under 10 minutes, plan to achieve these goals over the next 12 months. In that time you can slowly lose the weight and get healthy, giving you a higher success rate without feeling too much pressure. If you accomplish those goals before the allotted time, you can set new ones, and advance even further.

Give Yourself Time

Not everyone can hit the gym for four hours a day, but try to dedicate at least three hours a week to start. If you can’t find a solid 30 minute block of time during the day, break it up into 10 minute increments and spread them out. If you exercise for an hour one day but take a break the next day, do not beat yourself up over it. You will soon find out that the more you exercise, the easier it is to find time to do it. Start with three hours a week and give yourself the entire New Year to work up to six hours a week, or more.

Make It a Game and Keep Score

Create your own personal score board. Keep track of your weight lost and gained, because it is not unusual to gain back a little bit of the weight you have lost during the process. Write down your calories for the day and also subtract the calories to consume for your resting metabolic rate as well as from exercise and even household chores. One pound is worth about 3000 calories, so for every 3000 calories you can cut out of your life, it will be one pound less you are taking off of your body.

The most important part of getting in shape is keeping a positive attitude and learning how to set realistic fitness goals for the New Year.

Why You Need a Personal Trainer

There’s a reason why celebrities and other highly successful people use coaches and trainers:  IT WORKS. 

And that is why so many people are turning to personal trainers to help them move from mediocre to excellence in their pursuit of health, fitness and weight loss.

The reality

More than 91% of people who start an exercise program quit early—even before their new routine becomes a habit, and 61% will give up within the very first week!1

Why?  Because changing your lifestyle is hard.  In spite of all the infomercials and ads claiming that you can lose weight and transform your body in thirty days (or six weeks at the longest), the truth is, getting fit requires a lifestyle makeover that takes

  • Time
  • Determination
  • Support

If any of these components is missing, the odds of success plummet.

The fix

The good news is that one component virtually guarantees the continued presence of the other two, and that is support--and support is the heart of what a good personal trainer provides.

A personal trainer helps with the time factor in two ways:

  1. Finding time in your schedule to actually work out
  2. Sticking with your program long enough to reach your goals.

A personal trainers supports you looking at your schedule and find ways to make fitness fit.  A seasoned personal trainer has much wisdom in the area of time management and is a master at figuring out how to work exercise into even the busiest schedules. He can also design workouts that are both efficient and effective.  Finally, a personal trainer can also provide the motivation that you need to keep going, long after you would have stopped were you doing working out by yourself.

Determination is also an area that a personal trainer supports you in.  At the beginning of your new fitness program, you have excitement, novelty and the joy of discovery to keep you going.  But eventually, what used to be new and fun becomes old and boring.  If determination fades, you will find yourself wandering off track in search of the next exciting pursuit.

Your personal trainer will help you keep your determination.  He will remind you why you are doing what you are doing.  He will get into your life and help you move past obstacles that arise, and he will talk you out of excuse-making.  He will constantly hold before you the consequences of your choices.  He will keep you moving forward.

And finally, a personal trainer supports you as your source for practical, step-by-step instructions for building health.  Your personal trainer is an expert in the field of exercise science.  While under the tutelage of a personal trainer, you do not have to design your own program of fitness, constantly wondering whether you are doing the right exercises in the right way.  A personal trainer will create a customized blueprint that will help you achieve your goals.

A personal trainer is your insurance policy against being another number in the appalling fitness drop-out statistics.  Don’t try to go it alone; we all need help.

Position yourself for success by working with a personal trainer and watch fitness and robust health become part of your life.

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1 http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42936158/ns/today-today_health/t/tips-make-fitness-last-lifetime/#.T-hd6PXuBmo