2019 resolutions: 3 tips to make your fitness promises come true
As you’re approaching the spring finish line, with one foot still in the middle of the spring rains and the other wearing a flip-flop, the moment always comes when you have to assess the first result of the current year. Did you really start your diet, just as you promised at the beginning of the year? Are you still doing all the sports activity you had subscribed for in the wake of the New Year? How are those good resolutions that you had sworn to respect progressing?
If the answers to these questions make you feel butterflies in your stomach, guilt has already knocked on your door as the outline of a warm and clothes-free is standing on the horizon.
Doing more exercise, eating less and better, quitting smoking, reading at least one book a month: keeping the helm of the metaphoric boat your life is in straight and firm is not easy at all, because the unexpected events are always around the corner. As Oscar Wilde also said:
You can resist anything but temptations
In fact, just a small detour is enough to trigger a vicious circle in which the sense of guilt you feel after skipping a training session or swallowed a few too many calories lures you into believing that none of our good intentions is within our grasp. After that, giving up on our New Year’s resolutions is almost certain, and so is falling into a downward spiral that will invariably bring us back to our old habits. Fortunately, however, with a dose of goodwill and some practical advice, this route can be reversed.
Never lose heart
The first suggestion – perhaps a bit trivial – we want to offer is that you should never lose heart, let alone give up on your resolutions for this year. Setting yourself a goal and having it clearly in your mind is certainly the most important step you have taken; not surrendering to the first obstacle and looking straight to the finish line is the next logical step.
The sense of guilt has a double function: on the one hand, it is advantageously useful because it discourages the repetition of bad behaviour; on the other hand, it is a huge source of stress and may worsen our mood.
The achievement of an objective is linked to the mechanism of self-regulation that is polarized between two phenomena: the fear of failure and motivation. It is better to strive for the latter, rather than the first, thus turning stress a powerful ally.
Do not set unattainable goals
Those who suffer too much from the fear of failure, just as those who tend to feel too guilty, tend to make generally inconsistent choices, setting goals that are, to put it mildly, impossible to achieve. Healthy motivation, on the other hand, focuses on reasonable challenges. Trying to lose twenty kilos in two weeks through regular fasting or running a marathon after a month of occasional training are impossible missions.
In addition to the criterion of rationality, good New Year’s resolutions are really such if they also stick to the criterion of measurability: ergo, good intentions need intermediate steps, or at least a compass that helps us to understand if we are going in the right direction or not. Moreover, we must never forget that the resolutions’ goals we set must be calibrated on our actual desires, never on the expectations that others have of us.
Why is it so easy to make mistakes? To have an answer to this question, you should probably read whole neurophysiology volumes. Among the many reasons people fail at sticking to their New Year’s resolutions plan, there are the so-called reward circuits, those that regulate the feelings of well-being that you feel after pleasant or virtuous behaviour. Reward circuits work with different timings depending on the stimuli and results: eating half a chocolate bar when we had not to gives a feeling of well-being – that is, a reward – more immediate and short-term than that which would come from any future weight loss.
It is therefore very important to work to strengthen the so-called delayed gratification, i.e. the ability to resist the temptations that promise immediate rewards and wait for a more conspicuous and rewarding future prize. “Wow, that is so easy to say and so difficult to do!” Many will think, yet all the success stories that we see on Instagram teach us that the path to the six-pack is long, but not impossible.
Change action plan
Another idea, when all the paths seem to have been taken and the temptation to give up on our New Year’s resolutions is strong, is radically change one’s plan of action. Revolutionising your diet, starting a new sport or hobby and completely revising your training routine are great ideas to start with.
In this regard, group training has been shown to have incredible results in maintaining our New Year’s resolutions strong. So why not start taking your goals into your own hands again, grab your closest friend, and go and try Skillathletic?
Even though it is May and summer are just around the corner, the chance to make up for the lost months and stay true to your New Year’s resolution is still possible. The choice of Skillathletic is extremely apt if you are caught up in the calendar and if you want to achieve tangible results in a reasonable period. Skillathletic is the new training format based on High-Intensity Interval Training. The four classes proposed – Boost, Brave, Mighty and Fast, rest on solid foundations, the 4 Pillars of athletic performance: Power, Agility, Speed and Stamina.
However, it’s not all sweat and training. Skillathletic is a great help in maintaining the good intentions to reach an enviable fitness level by the end of the year.
Through the dedicated app, all users are always connected during the training circuit, from booking their class to tracking the final result, up to social sharing – because let’s face it, good intentions have a whole different flavour when you can show your success to as many people as possible.
In addition, the configuration of the class as a group environment, in which you will find yourself either collaborating or competing over and over, make an incredible stimulus to your own determination, reaching a point where you’ll realize that your New Year’s resolutions have become more than a simple wish.
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