By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Kelly Farris,  ACSM CPT

2016: This is your year!
By Kelly Farris,  ACSM CPT
Owner of Ladies Workout Snellville

Happy New Year! Another 365 days under our belt and now is the time for clean slates and new beginnings. How can we sustain this excitement and energy and let it carry us for the next twelve months? How can we meet our fitness goals in 2016?

Clarify your goals. Take the time to line up the specifics of your goals. Ask yourself “What do I REALLY want?” Being crystal clear helps you maintain focus. If you can articulate your goals to yourself, then you will be able to articulate them to the ones you love and help them to understand how they can best lend support.

Know thyself. We are all individuals with our own triggers and habits. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Don’t let ice-cream through the front door if you are going to eat the whole container. Remove personal roadblocks. If mornings are hectic for you, make sure to pack your gym bag the night before and put it in your car.

Find accountability. If you have a good friend counting on you to go for a walk in the park, you are more likely to go on that walk. Find yourself a workout buddy. Sign up for small group training. Schedule some time with a personal trainer. Once you have an appointment on the books you are more likely to follow through.

Be patient, not perfect. Shoot for being really really good 80% of the time and being human about 20% of the time. Know that there are no miracle pills or quick fixes. Time + effort = change.

Make it FUN. Life is too short to do something that makes you miserable. The good news is that there is a fitness option for EVERYONE. Try new things and find something that you LOVE!

2016 is yours for the taking. Get going!

Kelly Farris is the owner of Ladies Workout Snellville, Time4Results Personal Training and the President of KLF Fitness.

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