Podcast Episode #199

7 important questions to ask yourself for the year ahead

New Year fitness goals

As we step into the dawn of a new year, there’s a natural inclination to embark on a journey of self-improvement. For many mums, whether navigating the joys of pregnancy or the postpartum stage, prioritising health and fitness goals takes centre stage. In this podcast episode, we dive into the intricacies of setting New Year fitness goals, tailor-made for the unique experiences of mothers.

Reflecting on the Past: Paving the Way Forward

Let’s kick things off by acknowledging the power of reflection in shaping effective fitness goals. In our podcast, I present seven key questions to guide you through a thoughtful analysis of the past year. By discerning what worked and what didn’t, we gain valuable insights into our health and wellness journey, setting the stage for meaningful progress.

Celebrating wins from 2023

Recognising both victories and setbacks is crucial in our pursuit of better health. Our podcast encourages you to consider the lessons learned from your fitness journey in the past year. Whether it’s identifying successful strategies or understanding the reasons behind perceived setbacks, this introspection lays the foundation for informed goal-setting.

Pause and Evaluate

To move forward, it helps to identify actions or habits that hinder our overall well-being. Our podcast urges mums to pinpoint elements that didn’t contribute positively to their health and fitness goals in the previous year. Whether it’s procrastination, a lack of time, or unsupportive environments, putting a halt to these hindrances becomes a pivotal step in our journey to wellness.

Crafting Your Ideal Fitness Vision: The Magic Wand Exercise

Visualising the ideal fitness and wellness scenario sets the stage for effective goal-setting. In our podcast, I introduce a unique exercise: waving a “magic wand” to imagine life, fitness, and wellness exactly as desired. By being realistic about our current season of life, we can craft a vision that aligns with our unique circumstances, making our goals achievable and sustainable.

Desires and Goals: Looking Ahead to 2024

With a clear vision in mind, our podcast then prompts you to identify your desires and goals for the upcoming year. This step involves considering not just what you want to achieve but also how you want to feel in your body and overall well-being. This forward-thinking approach provides a roadmap for your fitness journey ahead.

The ‘Why’ Behind Your Goals: Finding Purpose in Fitness

Understanding the underlying motivations is essential for sustaining commitment to fitness goals. Our podcast urges you to explore the reasons behind your aspirations. Whether it’s a desire to stay pain-free during pregnancy or aiming for higher fitness levels, knowing the ‘why’ strengthens your resolve to stay on course.

Taking Action: Small Steps for Big Changes

In the final step of our goal-setting framework, we encourage you to take immediate action. Consider one small, achievable step you can take today to kickstart your fitness journey for the upcoming year. This emphasis on tangible actions reinforces the idea that even small efforts can contribute significantly to your overall well-being.

By encouraging self-reflection, realistic goal-setting, and immediate action, our podcast empowers you to feel better inside out as you navigate the unique challenges and joys of motherhood. Cheers to new beginnings and a healthier you in the coming year!

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition.

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