A new year is almost here and this is the time to set your fitness goals for 2013. Why now? If you set your plan in motion now, you’ll have plenty of time to research new gyms, fitness classes, races, and training groups!
There are an abundance of options to kick off the new year in a new frame of mind. If you need inspiration, 13 Hottest Fitness Trends to Try in 2013 is worth a read! If you still need help narrowing the scope of what you hope to accomplish, talk to a fitness professional or friend.
If you are not sure where to start in your fitness goals, work on setting your goals on a number of levels:
First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 4 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your BIG goals. Make these achievable! You want to set small goals for each month and week as you work towards meeting the larger overall goal! For example… Ride 40 or miles each week in June,July, and August (then you’ll be read y for the September Iron Girl and also be working towards overall fitness).
Finally, once you have your plan, GO! There is not any point in “waiting till Monday” or “starting after the holidays”. Once you have your plan, move into action!
Find a supportive friend or group of friends with similar goals and share your plan with them. You will be amazed at how much a bit of peer support can help you along the way!