Imagining realistic resolutions for a fit New Year

Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:10am EST
 
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Have you already begun to fret over keeping that looming New Year's resolution to shape up in the coming months?

Experts say while wishing will not make it so, visualizing your trimmer, fitter self can help to set you on the right path.

"Visualize your success," advises fitness and wellness instructor Shirley Archer. "Imagine a perfect day where you are at fitness level that you want. How would you look and feel and what would you be able to do easily if you enjoyed your ideal fitness?"

Then, said Archer, the author of "Fitness 9 to 5," get to work on specific goals.

"The typical mistake is being too vague and too large," she said. "Instead of 'I want to lose weight,' say, 'I will walk 10 minutes Monday through Friday.' And don't make those goals harder until you've achieved the easier ones."

Big goals are fine, Archer believes, as long as you break them down, and learn from, and forgive, your inevitable backslides.

"Ask yourself why you did that but be emotionally neutral," said Archer. "Get rid of that self-critic."

She calls it training from the inside out, and admits it's easier said than done.   Continued...

 
<p>A jogger (2nd L) passes fitness enthusiasts performing stretching exercises after sunrise at Queenscliff Beach in Sydney on the first day of Spring September 1, 2008. REUTERS/Will Burgess</p>