Are you aiming to build a better physique as a part of your New Year’s resolution? Some of us want to lose a few pounds in the new year and some just want to look and feel better. Resolutions are as unique as the people who have them. I’m going to share what I have learned about how to be successful with weight loss and building an improved fitness level in the New Year.
What Do You Want from a Better Physique?
Getting a better physique doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. That’s a good thing. We don’t all have the same body goals and nor should we. While I may be aiming for a beach body, you could be looking for improved strength without all that much concern over appearance. I might be aiming to build great muscles, but you could be focused on reducing holiday weight, so you’ll fit comfortably into your clothes again.
For the sake of this blog post, I’ll say that we’re all aiming for that ultimate beach body in the knowledge (and hope) that it’s not really what we’re going for if we’re starting from scratch at this point. Still, fun is fun. And honestly, having fun with your goals is an important part of it! Keep them within reach and use them to drive you forward to build that better physique!
Goals Are Key
When resolving to make a change in the new year, you kind of have to make sure you are setting the goals you need that are realistic enough to succeed with. The best way to make these goals work is to make them small and reachable. The goal should not be too lofty and shouldn’t take too short a period of time to complete.
Setting milestones are the key. If you want a beach body – or at least a better physique – for the summer, then make your weight loss and workout goals reachable in increments of 4 to 6 weeks at a time. This means you want to lose weight and tone first. Set a 6-week goal according to what you have to lose and an exercise plan that will let you lose it.
Then once you’ve gotten to that milestone successfully, you can continue on to the next with confidence. This makes things easier for you to have the motivation you need to get it all done to completion.
Keeping Up Your Strategy for a Better Physique
The next milestone for building a better physique should be about adjusting calories to build muscle or tone in the target areas. Are you body building or hard-core body sculpting? Then you should probably up the calorie intake and the cardio. This will be another 6-week milestone. If you are having an issue with abs, then that is the target you need to go for. Have a trainer or get online for a specific plan of action to actually get it done.
When you have a guidance system—things tend to work a lot smoother when it comes to getting that better physique. You have a bit more scope and you have some mentoring. Find online forums that give you a community of those of like mind to talk to. There are communities like SparkAmerica and Weight Watchers that you can post your own goals and get a positive push from others that are going through the same thing as you are.
Once You Reach Your Goal
Once you reach your goal and have the beach body you want, then you need to have additional goals to maintain it. It isn’t something that you can just do and then forget. It is something you have to maintain and change up as you age.