At this point in the year, it isn’t uncommon for people to start struggling to keep their New Year’s Resolutions. Some of the problems may be due to how the goals are structured or the lack of the right tools.
For instance, a recent survey of top New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 for Americans showed that eating healthier, being active, and losing weight are among the top eight goals that people set. Yet, without setting structured goals and the right equipment, it can be tough to reach any health and fitness goals.
Start With Effective Health And Fitness Goals
Before we dive into how NordicTrack can help you, let’s start by taking a look at your goals this year. Part of the failure to stick to New Year’s Resolutions is because the goals are not structured enough to help you get to the finish line. Instead of becoming frustrated with broad, vague goals, it may be time to start setting SMART goals.
This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound (SMART). To help illustrate how a SMART goal is set, let’s say that you have a goal to run a half-marathon this year. The problem is, you haven’t run more than a mile in years, and you aren’t sure where to start. So, let’s take this vague goal and make it a SMART goal.
Knowing that you want to run a half-marathon is a little specific, but you can narrow down your goal further. Rather than just say you want to run a half-marathon, pick a specific half-marathon and register for it. By doing this, you can give yourself a concrete date to work towards.
Ask yourself why this particular goal is meaningful or motivating for you. Does running a half-marathon mean something special, is it a step to a larger goal, etc.? By determining your motivations behind a goal, you can have better reasons to stick with it. You need to be able to track your progress as well – if you can measure how far you’ve come, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Tracking your progress with iFit can give you a clear view of the progress you’ve made and what area needs improvement.
Setting the goal of running a half-marathon should be achievable, notably more so than a race that was a more lofty distance. However, it is important to check with your doctor before embarking on a new course of exercise, especially if you have health concerns. If your doctor is on-board with you running and building toward a half-marathon, then you should be in the clear.
When you choose the goal of running a half-marathon, you should question the relevance of the goal. If building towards accomplishing a full marathon and lifelong fitness habits are the main motivators, then eventually running a half-marathon can be useful to that goal.
Similar to setting a specific goal, there should be a set time frame where your goal is achieved. Signing up for a race is a great way to create a time-sensitive goal. That way, you don’t go throughout the year waiting for the right time to start and putting off for a “more convenient” time.
Now that you have a good idea of how to get SMART and be effective with your goals, let’s look at the tools that can help you achieve success.
Support Your Goals With NordicTrack Equipment
As a maker of high-quality home fitness equipment, NordicTrack has you in mind when engineering machines. Whether it’s the functionality, features, or workouts, Nordictrack keeps in mind what customers really want out of their equipment- setting users up with the right support for success!
For instance, let’s carry the half-marathon example further. Say that you want to start working toward that goal, but you aren’t a fan of running in the gym because the type of machines at the gym aren’t challenging enough as far as its features and lack of incline, or running outside in the winter which is less than desirable.
The NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill was designed for you to workout in the privacy and comfort of your home with a staggering 40% incline to challenge you in a way that hasn’t been done before. Additionally, you have total control of your workout environment as you train to crush your goals.
But more than anything, iFit® is completely unmatched with it’s iFit trainer line-up, destination workout library, sleep analysis, stat tracking, and community support that can be taken with you wherever you go.
iFit Unlocks Your Potential
This interactive personal training tool sets you up for success straight from the start. If you’re new to iFit®, begin with a beginner workout in the Grand Canyon on your X22i Incline Treadmill. After you finish your workout for the day, safely hop off your machine and replenish with these iFit snack ideas, then give your feedback on your accomplished workout and look for other workout ideas that other members have done on the iFit community page. This helps you to get a glimpse of the workout before you even try it!
Featured studio and global workouts are always being added to your iFit account, so running out of workouts to keep you entertained and motivated will never be the case. Avid runner and fitness enthusiast, David Bloom, explained his experience in his iFit review, which explained all the amazing features of this innovative, ever-evolving fitness program.
The NordicTrack Blog will continue to provide you with all the health and fitness support you need to start strong and stay strong all year long! Because sometimes that added support is all you need to keep going. Let’s make this year a successful one and, even better, make your New Year’s Resolutions lasting ones!