It’s about that time of the year again!
With a few weeks of 2020 remaining (thank GOD!) we’re looking into 2021 with an opportunity for a fresh start. New Years Resolutions are the perfect opportunity to come up with a couple of goals to work on in 2021, either health improvements, relationships, personal growth, or finance improvements.
I’d like to share some strategies for setting yourself up for success in the New Year. In my coaching experience, people often take too big of a bite to handle. Setting a New Years Resolution is equivalent to setting a major long term goal. Major long term goals require careful planning and adequate strategizing to achieve and accomplish them, otherwise they won’t be met.
Let’s use the common New Years Resolution of ‘Getting in Shape’ as an example.
Getting in shape is a big blanket statement, a major goal with many elements that come into consideration. Don’t get me wrong though, because it is a great goal none-the-less. Let’s try to break it down into small sub-goals that lead into this large, year long resolution. But first, let’s define what ‘getting in shape’ could possibly mean.
Getting in Shape
- Increasing cardiovascular health
- Improving muscular strength
- Increasing joint flexibility and range of motion
- Improving nutrition habits and behaviors
- Improving sleep and recovery habits
As you can see, ‘getting in shape’ is a wide variety of different aspects of fitness that can be targeted. The best strategy for this long term goal is to select one of them at a time, and spend a month or two working towards that particular goal.
For example: increasing cardiovascular health is a major milestone to accomplish for improving your fitness. This is, according to the American College of Sports Medicine one of the most important areas of health and fitness. I would recommend setting your January 2021 goal of increasing your overall cardiovascular fitness.
There’s a number of methods that can be used to positively increase our cardiovascular fitness. The most common one would be running. However, running into 2021 with no prior running experience can actually be more harmful than helpful. It’s best to find a variety of things that will improve your cardiovascular health, such as hiking, biking, and other aerobic activities. For example, you could do a short run on Monday, followed by a long walk on Tuesday, a long bike ride on Wednesday, and a nice hike on Thursday. Friday would be an ideal recover, and Saturday could be a long, low intensity run. Either way, this is just an example.
The goal (for your goal) is to work towards your resolution one step at a time (literally).
In my next blog I’ll break down strategies that you can use to tackle each of these smaller sub-goals of getting into shape. Until then, thank you for reading and happy holidays!
Coach Mathias Sorensen