Make 2015 the Year of Success

Fitness Resolutions: Make 2015 the Year of Success

If you’ve ever vowed to lose weight or get in shape, you know it’s easier said than done. While 40 percent of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution, only eight percent actually stick with it, according to a recent story on Forbes.com. These statistics aren’t entirely shocking. After all, we are creatures of habit, and changing a learned behavior is hard work. Not all hope is lost though. Fitdigits’s iCardio app allows you to review your fitness progress over time and gives you the boost of confidence needed to stay motivated. Along with this helpful tool, learn how to stick to your New Year’s resolution by avoiding these common mistakes:

A Vague and Unrealistic Resolution
The most common resolutions are to lose weight and get in shape. Such goals are vague and undefined and leave you with little direction. When defining your resolutions, be as specific as possible so you know exactly where you want to end up. For instance, instead of planning to “exercise more,” set a precise target like training for an upcoming 5K. While goals should be clear cut, you also need to be realistic. Unreasonable resolutions will lead to frustration and failure.

No Plan
Just like driving without a road map, attempting to reach a fitness goal without a plan will lead you in the wrong direction. That’s why it’s important to devise a plan with a series of concrete steps needed to change your behavior and reach your goal. Such steps may include joining a gym, signing up for personal training sessions, skipping Friday night happy hour, or waking up an hour earlier to run before work. Then write out the individual steps so you can cross each one off as you complete it and feel accomplished.

No Progress Tracking
If your goal is not measurable, you can’t track your degree of success, and visualizing your progress is essential for staying motivated. When devising your resolution plan, include specific numbers like a target running pace or fat loss percentage. Then review your progress and note achievements along the way. Tools like Fitdigits’s iCardio app monitor important health metrics like heart rate, pace, distance, calories and more to help you realize the improvements in your health and fitness, while boosting the confidence needed to stick to your resolution.

Burnout
Creating new habits takes time and dedication, and many people expect it to happen overnight. Though enthusiasm for reaching your goal is essential, changing your entire routine overnight will inevitably make you feel burned out. While limiting the number of drinks you consume on a night out with friends is important, completely disconnecting from your social circle and hitting the gym for three hours every day will make you feel alienated. Since it’s a lot easier to commit to a small-level change than a complete life overhaul, commit to a small change until it becomes a new habit, and move on from there so you don’t burn out.

Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

It isn’t that difficult to make a New Year’s Resolution. Just close your eyes and think about what you want to change about yourself and your habits in the coming year, and BOOM resolution made. But, as most people know all too well, setting a resolution is not the hard part.

Starting a resolution is not the hard part either. That is why come January 1st the gyms are packed to the brim with the optimistic masses, everyone eager to make this year different from the last.

The real difficulty comes with keeping a resolution throughout the entirety of the year. This kind of steadfast devotion to a resolution is basically unheard of. However, with the help of some Fitdigits features and functionality, make 2017 the year you stick to your guns and make real change. With that in mind, here are 4 Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Keep Your Resolution Realistic
    The first step to any successful resolution is to keep it realistic. If you pick a goal that you are unlikely to even come close to achieving, it will make it that much easier to quit. This is where your Fitdigits app and my.fitdigits.com come in handy. Look through your health and fitness history to see what you could feasibly accomplish in 1 year. If your previous longest run is 3 miles, taking on a marathon maybe isn’t the best choice. Better to make it a 5k. If you averaged 1 workout a week in 2016, it probably isn’t wise to plan to workout 5 times a week. It is all about baby steps to make real change!
  2. Create a Fitdigits Goal
    If you have a Fitdigits Star Membership or Pro Plus, you unlock the ability to set yearly goals in one of five categories: duration, distance, steps, caloric burn, and weight. Set yourself a goal for 2017, and Fitdigits will keep track of your progress throughout the entirety of the year. That way you can see in real time positive progress towards achieving your resolution.
  3. Get a Resolution Support System
    The human mind can always find an excuse not to do something. Is it raining outside? I’ll wait until the weather clears up. Sunny out? I don’t want to get a sunburn. Cloudy out? This feels like a movie day. Perfect out? Uhh… my workout clothes are dirty. Don’t allow this to happen by developing a resolution support system. Find a person or group of people who has a resolution that is similar to yours, and have them be your taskmaster. Check in with each other regularly, share your workouts to their Facebook page, create a Fitdigits group, and basically make sure your partner stays on top of their resolution (and vice versa).
  4. Track More Then Just Workouts
    Most Resolutions are more complex then they may appear on the surface. Whether you are trying to lose weight, increase productivity, get fit, or any other health and fitness related goal, it is important to record more than just workouts. Think of your body as an ecosystem, with each and every individual part working together in constant harmony. Tracking sleep, nutrition, blood pressure, steps and weight can offer hints into what you need to change in order to make your resolution a reality. All of these options can be found under the Health tab in the app, either as a metric you can manually enter in or under “Health Partners”.

5 Ways to Make Your New Years Resolutions Stick

Another year has passed us by, and with the beginning of 2013 comes an opportunity to start anew. Sure, you gained 7 pounds last year and saw a spike in blood pressure, but this year is different. Just like last year was different. And the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that…

So every year is going to be THE year to make a change. What can you do to make sure that this year is actually the year? Here are 5 tips to make your New Years Resolutions stick.

1. Start Slow
Often resolution makers start out the New Years by going to the gym 6 days a week or going on an extreme diet. However, that is not a good way to create long lasting change that will last all 365 days of the year and beyond. Start slow. In January, make it a goal to go to the gym twice a week, and slowly add more days as you go along. Try to make your new behavior a deep engrained habit, not just a fad.

2. Give Yourself Some Days Off
Give yourself a break every once in a while. For example, you are at a party and there are a lot of the four C’s: Cookies, Cake Ice Cream, and Candy. However, you swore to yourself you were going to cut down on sweets in 2013. Well, you said you would cut down on sweets, not eliminate them. So instead of abstaining in the early going, just have a cookie or two and use moderation. It is not realistic to operate at full throttle for the entire year.

3. Look For Easy Ways To Help Reach Your Goal
For a lot of people, losing weight is a constant struggle. So why not look for some shortcuts? There are some great ways to speed up your metabolism that do not require much extra effort, such as drinking green tea or putting hot sauce on your food. For more details, read here

4. Make Your Resolutions Public
Use the power of social media to embarrass yourself into reaching your goal. Post on Facebook or other social media your goals, and make it known to your friends and family what you have planned for 2013. Post constant updates, share your workouts, and reiterate to your friends that if you fall off the wagon to quickly point the finger of judgement in your direction. Nothing like being bullied into getting healthy!

5. Set Checkpoints
Make sure to have 2-12 checkpoints throughout the year as a means to stay on target. For example, if your goal is to lose ten pounds in 2013, check in at the end of February, and if you have lost at least 1.7 pounds you are right on track! This is a great way to make goals seem less daunting by segmenting them into nice, easily digestable chunks.