If you’re anything like me then you make new year’s resolutions each year and break the majority of them within a few weeks. From the age of about 7 my main one was to stop biting my nails…and I finally stopped when I was 26! Point proven. 😉

Anyway, for the past few years I’ve decided to make goals for myself instead and I find it works much better. Instead of focusing on what I want to stop doing, I focus on what I want to start doing. 2015 has been an incredible year for me, both in my work and personal life, and I’m determined to make 2016 even better.

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I thought I’d share my goals for 2016 with you, partly so you can hold me accountable to them, but also because it might give you some inspiration for goals to set yourself.

My goals list is pretty big because I have a variety of active hobbies and I love challenging myself, but if you’re new to exercising then try setting yourself two or three goals.

If the idea of a huge ‘end of year’ goal scares you and makes you worried about how far you’ve got to go to achieve it, try making mini goals (which I also do regularly); set yourself a mini goal for three months time and then after that set yourself another mini goal for another three months, etc. It makes it less daunting if you do it this way.

Oh and although I’m aware that a lot of the goals we set ourselves do focus on what dress size you want to be or how you want your bum to look, try to make these particular goals not image-based.

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Instead of your goal focusing on a dress size, set a goal to be able to do five press ups, or to be eating clean 80/20 within four months – so that’s 80% of the time eating clean and 20% of the time allowing yourself treats.

See my recent blog post about how you can safely achieve your goals.

If you’re setting mini goals then start with your end of year goal and break it down, so if any of my goals look big it’s because I have a whole year to work towards them. Some are bigger challenges than others because I’ve learnt my strengths and weaknesses over the years:

Gym goals

Perform 10 chin ups with good form

(I also want to steadily increase the weight I’m lifting for each exercise in the gym, but I’m sure you don’t want to read a huge list of the goal weight for every exercise)

 

Aerial goals

Pole dancing/fitness – master the Iron X

Aerial hoop – master the Flag

Aerial silks (which I’m yet to start) – climb elegantly to the top (not dragging myself up the silks) and master three different positions/drops

 

Fitness/health education goals

Complete Level 3 Personal Trainer course

Complete two nutrition courses I’ve been studying for a while (home learning)

 

Other fitness/fun goals 

Learn how to surf – I took my son for one surf lesson last summer and then we tried booking two lessons earlier this year but both got cancelled due to bad weather, so I’d like for us both to learn to surf for next summer.

Attend at least one yoga class every month – I love yoga but don’t go as often as I’d like to, so I’m planning to change that next year.

Improve my flexibility in general – I’ve always been pretty flexi but I’d like to focus on it even more. I don’t have a particular goal yet though… Any suggestions of something I should work towards?

My main goal is to keep getting stronger and to be healthy and happy. I love finding out what my body is capable of and enjoy finding new ways to challenge myself. 12 months is a long time so I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

I obviously also have various other goals that aren’t fitness related, but this post could go on forever if I talked about those.

What are your goals for 2016?

 

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