Lose Big, Win Big in 2013

With the New Year approaching, some people are determining what their New Year’s resolutions will be. Year after year, two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are staying fit and losing weight, according to USA.gov.

Will staying fit be one of your priorities this coming year? If so, great! If not, you should consider it. Physical activity provides many long-term benefits for everyone, including preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, relieving stress, promoting strong bone development and more.

If you want to stay fit in 2013 and years to come, you must set goals that are specific, realistic, measurable, achievable and timely. Here are five ways to get started with setting realistic fitness goals:

  1. Determine your purpose: There are plenty of reasons why a person may want to lose weight or stay in shape. Is it so you can fit into that dress or suit that’s been hanging in your closet for years? Do you want to lose weight because of a health condition? Do you want to stay in shape because you want to live a long, healthy life? Whatever the case may be, figure out why you are doing this — and don’t forget! In fact, write it down.
  2. Take baby steps: One reason why some people tend to drop the ball on their New Year’s resolution to stay in shape, is because they set unrealistic goals for themselves. For instance, if you’re looking to lose 50 pounds in a month, you may be disappointed when week three comes by and you’re still the same size. Disappointment usually leads to a lack of motivation, and we don’t want that! Start small. Instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in the first month, perhaps aim to lose about five — hey, every bit counts!
  3. Document your success: If you want to know if your fitness plan is working, consider keeping a record of your progress in a journal.
  4. Give yourself a pat on the back: Staying fit is not always so easy, especially when you’re just starting out. Try rewarding yourself when needed. Not only will it help you stay motivated, but it’s also a good gesture to recognize yourself for making great accomplishments.
  5. Consider a workout partner or fitness club: You’re not in this alone. There are many people who share the same desire as you — to get in shape. Perhaps seek a workout partner or join a community fitness club. Having a workout partner or team will most likely keep you motivated!

Columbia Association (CA) is running its Biggest Winner Contest, starting on Jan. 5, 2013. The Biggest Winner Contest provides a fun, motivational and supportive way to lose weight and support a healthier lifestyle! Learn more about The Biggest Winner Contest here.

How do you plan on getting fit in 2013? Tell us in a comment below!