Time to set goals for 2022?

I’m not one for big New Year’s Resolutions. They pile the pressure on and are rarely kept past January. I do, however, like to think about the year ahead and jot down some goals that I’d like to reach during the next 12 months. Over the past couple of years, it hasn’t been easy to stay focussed on my goals as this nasty pandemic thing kept side-swiping my plans out of reach.

I’m proud that I managed to achieve at least one of my 2021 goals – that was to dance more! I added a new Dance HIIT class to our timetable (Chilton, Thursday 6.15pm) and our Dance HIIT 10 minute workout 5-day challenge was a big hit on the Facebook group.

Building on my 2021 goals, I’m going to run two 5-day challenges per month in 2022 – starting with Boxfit and Pilates with Weights – coming soon!

My Pilates goals are to run more speciality Pilates classes this year. I’ve set the ball rolling with Pilates for the menopause and for arthritis/osteoporosis, PLUS Pregnancy Pilates and Buggy Fit in the park for new mums.

Finally for 2022, I’ve signed Lucy and me up for Junior Park Run so we’re going to be running 2km at the weekends. Wish me luck!

Have you set yourself any goals for 2022? Is there something that you’re determined to achieve or change this year? If so, it’s great to make a plan that will help you get to where you want to be, step by step.

Here are my top tips for goal setting and goal reaching:

1. Be realistic – can you sustain your plan throughout the year?

2. Be specific – what do you want to achieve? Make sure your plan gets you there.

3. Make friends – find people with similar goals who can support you.

4. Timing – when do you want to reach your goal? Have yearly, monthly and weekly targets.

5. Remember your ‘why’ – when the going gets tough, remind yourself of why you’re doing this.

6. Be kind to yourself – be patient and be proud of your achievements. Don’t punish yourself for slipping.

7. Make it the norm – when exercise or healthy eating become a non-negotiable part of your day, there’s no excuses.

8. Make it fun – my biggest mantra: if it’s what you love, it doesn’t feel like a chore.

If your goals are fitness, lifestyle or health focussed, Gemma Pearce Fitness can really help you to hit your targets. Whether you need the motivation of going out to a group class each week or want the flexibility of fitting exercise into your routine at home; whether you want to stretch and strengthen your body or get sweaty and burn loads of calories, our online and face-to-face classes can be the foundation of your fitness programme.

Find out more about the Gemma Pearce Fitness community at www.gemmapearcefitness.co.uk

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