2018 Fit Goals: Getting Stronger and Happier in the New Year

Every time January 1st hits, it feels like a chance to start fresh. A chance to forget our mistakes in the past year. Our laziness, and our failed goals or achievements. Something about a new year inspires us to try something new. Or to better ourselves. The number one New Years resolution year after year in Canada and the U.S. is to lose weight and/or live a healthier lifestyle. According to a study from the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only eight per cent of Americans actually reach their resolution goals.

Why though?

Some specialists say this is due to a number of issues. First of all, the events and self indulgence leading up to New Years Day. How many of us can say they feel like a bag of crap after eating tonnes of high-calorie fatty foods, about a hundred sugary treats and what feels like gallons of alcohol? *Raises hand*. After feeling like a human trash can, many of us set the goal to be healthier, lose weight and eat better.

Problem is, most people set their standards so high and attack their resolutions too aggressively. Insane workout regimes and overly restricted diets leads most people to give up after a short period of time. Extreme measures are difficult and most people are not willing to go that far, making these goals very difficult to commit to. Self discipline is important to keep any goals or resolutions on track.

According to an article in Physiology Today, changing your behaviour, or “re-wiring your brain” is part of what can make those resolutions work:

“Brain scientists such as Antonio Damasio, Joseph LeDoux, and psychotherapist Stephen Hayes have discovered, through the use of MRIs, that habitual behavior is created by thinking patterns that create neuralpathways and memories, which become the default basis for your behavior when you’re faced with a choice or decision. Trying to change that default thinking by “not trying to do it,” in effect just strengthens it. Change requires creating new neural pathways from new thinking.”

Being specific about your goals or resolutions can make them more attainable. Saying that you want to lose weight, or become more active, is not exactly specific and frankly, can be overwhelming because you don’t know where to start. I’ve been guilty for this exactly. Every year I plan to live the same healthy lifestyle, get stronger, more toned, eat healthier and more consistently. There’s nothing specific about that.

This year, I’m doing things a little differently. I will be launching: Fit Goals.

Fit Goals 2018

Fit Goals are my specific fitness goals that I want to reach. Some might take more than a year. Some I might be able to work towards at the same time. I want to test out programs, equipment, practices, classes and the nutrition needed to get attain these goals. And, I will be sharing my advances, my failures and my tips on how to get there as well as how I’ve made it. As an everyday person, we tend to look to those with the proper credentials to give us advice on how to attain these goals. But, how can you take advice from someone who maybe has never struggled to get to that goal?

I’ll tell you right now, that being able to do six or more pull-ups has been a huge fitness goal of mine. It will be my first fit goal that I will be working on this year. Except this is not the first time I’ve tried to do it. I’ve tried programs, watched youtube videos from experts, and read articles about how to do pull ups, and I find that many (not necessarily all) of the experts have lost their way. It’s easy for a women who can do 20 pull-ups to tell another women who perhaps can’t even do one, how to train towards this goal. Especially when their job is to train everyday. How about us normal folk who work a real job?? With some programs I’ve tried in the past, I’ve found that one day, it seems like it gets 100 times harder – with no bridge between what was doable and what is now impossible.

With my Fit Goals, expect to see a real account of how it’s done. How it can be done. And how it will be done. I’m going to be honest the whole way through. You’ll learn what I’ll be doing to attain these goals, my personal experience, what works and what doesn’t.

Fit Goal 1: Do more than 6 pull-ups

 

Stayed tuned for updates on my pull-up progress! Tips and tricks, as well as new fitness goals that come my way.

 

-Ashley

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