Are you looking for a way to develop solid and attainable resolutions?
In a city where time is a precious commodity, where restaurants, bars and clubs lure you away from your fitness routine, it can be challenging to stick to your fitness goals. SWERVE is proud to announce that we have the answer, and it’s quite simple: do more, together . Find a friend, family member, coworker or significant other and devise your strategy together.
Long-term outcome goals will help motivate, but in order to accomplish a physically demanding feat, it is important to set short-term action goals. Research suggests that behavior change is the most effective way to reach a goal. Therefore, focus on action rather than outcome, and you will reach your goals that much faster.
The best way to ensure you stick with a long-term goal is to focus on SMART action goals. Let’s break that down. Each goal should be:
· SPECIFIC: Saying “I’ll train,” won’t cut it here. Be precise. What do you want to achieve and by what date do you want to achieve it? How many times will you SWERVE each week?
· MEASURABLE: Your goals should be quantitative in nature. This allows you to keep track of your progress. Is your SWERVE score increasing? Are you losing weight? Building muscle? No shame in taking selfies!
· ATTAINABLE: Goals should be sufficiently challenging, but still manageable. They need to be realistic for your lifestyle. Ease into your training schedule. SWERVE Instructor Dougie Johnson’s class was just ranked by Rate Your Burn as one of the hardest workouts in NYC. Instead of kicking off 2014 taking his class 7 days a week, maybe start off with 3.
· RELEVANT: Your action goals should be stepping-stones to your long-term goal.
· TIME-BOUND: Give yourself a deadline. Even if you fall short, the target date can be used as a re-evaluation point.
Lastly, it is important to have setback strategies. Just because you aren’t meeting your action goals, it doesn't mean that the long-term goal is unattainable. It just means that you’re human, so modify your plan and keep moving forward.
REWARD. Recognize your efforts. Just make sure your rewards are supportive and not contradictory to your goals.
SUPPORT. Continue to talk about your progress with your TEAM. This will keep you on target and provide you with a community of like-minded people.
A little preparation early on can help you accomplish your biggest resolutions for 2014. As a small incentive to put your goals in motion, bring a friend for their first ride at SWERVE and we’ll give you your next ride for free. How’s that for support and reward?
Here's to a happy and healthy holiday season and an enjoyable ride into the New Year.