New Year, New Mindset on Health Goals

The new year evokes a sense of excitement and hope to people looking for a fresh start on their under-achieved goals of the past year.

For many, those under-achieved goals seem to revolve around weight that wasn’t lost and abs the weren’t sculpted in 2018. And now that we are past the influx of calories that the holidays bring and venture towards the cold, dark and uneventful days of winter, it is prime time for our moods and attitudes to take a deep dive into sadness and shame.

This time of year is the absolute perfect opportunity for the cult of diet culture to take over our news feeds and promise us those sculpted abs in exchange for dangerous juice cleanses and, of course, our hard-earned dollars.

New Year, New Mindset on Health Goals

We’ve written about setting health and fitness goals before, and are fully confident in the science behind setting smart and meaningful goals. However, a key ingredient to setting smart health goals is for your goals to be REALISTIC. As you scroll through Instagram this time of year, we feel it is safe to argue that the messaging you are being overwhelmed with this January is anything BUT realistic. If you are one of the millions of people looking for a fresh start on your fitness goals this new year, here are some things to keep in mind as you choose the right plan to jump start your goals.

  • Is it too good to be true? You know exactly what we are talking about. Is the plan to you are considering joining over-the-top with promises of toning and weight loss in unrealistic or unsafe amounts of time?

    • If you answered yes, then we urge you to reconsider the plan. Any plan that sounds too good to be true, most certainly is and will either be a waste of time or money (probably both).

  • Is it safe? Do you have plans of restricting calories to at or below a healthy level? Are you carving out hours of time to spend at the gym? Does it involve pills or cleanses?

    • While reducing calories and spending time at the gym is not inherently bad, it is the speed at which you do it. If you were sedentary most of 2018, then you need to take it easy to not just to reduce the likeliness of injury but also to increase the likelihood that you will be successful.

      • If you are considering a plan that requires you to buy pills, shakes or other supplements, we urge you to diligently research the products and ideally consult your physician to make sure the supplements are safe.

  • What is the focus? Does the marketing of the program you’re interested in focus on belly fat, cellulite or attractiveness?

    • You might not like to hear this but the only way you will truly be successful at maintaining a healthy lifestyle, is to focus on just that: a healthy lifestyle. It’s not about fat-shaming yourself into a spiral of over-the-top behaviors like juice cleanses and restricting to the point of bingeing. You need to accept yourself right now, just as you are. Love yourself so much that you can’t help but want to take care of your body and mind with a plan that keeps you active and eating a well-balanced diet, so you can love yourself for years to come.

We want you to have a great 2019. And later this year, when we are looking back and headed in to 2020, we don’t want you to have any regrets. If you find yourself in that place, without regrets, at the end of 2019 you will know that you set and accomplished some GREAT goals this January.