It is said that the first day of the year sets the tone for that entire year. Others say it's the first twelve days, representing the calendar months.
This time of year is supposed to be quieter, more reflective, restful even as we gear up towards a new year. It is not a reason to stop training and start increasing your intake of processed foods, alcohol and cheese (everyone is obsessed with cheese at the moment!)...though if you choose to do these things then you may need to spend some time planning how to get into a new routine and back to your "normal/healthful" self. Theres no need to beat yourself up!
Building a consistent exercise habit starts with knowing why you want one in the first place.
Many people start training programs just because they think that they’re supposed to and those people don’t often stick with their training.
If we can be clear about what we want, we are much more likely to set our alarms, wake up, train, eat a delicious and nourishing brakfast and start our day inspired. Or to pack our training wear to take to work and instead of sitting on the couch afterwards, we smash out a session, ending the day feeling complete and ready for the next.
To identify your underlying reasoning for living a healthy lifestyle, your why, ask yourself what you really love and value, be specific as possible. Then ask yourself how your fitness can benefit the things that you love and value.
For me I love my husband and children, while I value feeling my best self, strong and fit. My training, a combination of CrossFit, yoga and dance obviously helps me to feel my best but it also benefits my family as I am able to run around with my kids, to carry them (all the time), to have the energy to attend to them even when sleep seems like a distant memeory. This is why I do it, and this is unwavering, intrinsic motivation.
So, how do we set our goals for 2017?
Decide what exactly needs to happen by next December to make you feel proud, healthy and successful.
Decide what needs to change for you to get there.
Commit to taking the actions you need for the results that you want and INVEST in yourself.
Set goals to inspire you, to be your best self, from a place of love. Set goals rich in possiblility and positivity, that empower you.
We can almost guarantee that 12 week challenge you start with the goal of losing 10kgs is self-sabbotage. This is a goal set from a place of fear, a goal set to punish yourself. And 99% of the time you will put on the weight you lost within a year, only to repeat this cycle again next December.
My goals for training in 2017 include nailing consistent Muscle Up's, hitting a 100kg deadlift and snatching 50kg (body weight). There is nothing to do with how I look and thats ok because I do have external motivating factors to be lean and fit, for my job its important that I set an example, and for my family its important for me to be comfortable in my own skin. I dont set goals around my appearence because that would be fruitless, and training hard while eating well helps me look the way I want to anyway.
This past year has been tricky for many many people and if you managed to keep up your health routine through 2016 then you deserve a huge pat on the back! Take the time to reflect upon what you have learnt, if and how you have grown, what you are most grateful for over the past year and what you might like to let go of in order to live your best life.
We like to look at what our ideal day/week would be like, and work backwards from there, in 2016 we were all about chasing the sun and that will most likely repeat itself this year. We work hard to create a lifestyle that suits our family and would encourage you to do the same. What is the lifestyle that you desire? How can you get there? How can your fitness and health help you achieve this?
So...on Sunday January 1st 2017 (or from the 1st-12th Jan) what will you be doing to set up your year?
No amount of sitting back and wishing will make your dreams manifest. You have to show up and take inspired action daily for your dreams to become a reality.
We have our next On Ramp program commencing on Monday 2nd Jan to help you achieve your fitness goals, and begin your CrossFit journey with us.
Wishing you health and happiness as you welcome the new year,
Coach Sares writes most of our posts in her spare time ;)