Jenna Willis
Each year, we set a new list of fitness goals to tackle for the rest of the year, but rarely do we maintain them past January. In an effort to create sustainable fitness (and wellness) goals that we can incorporate throughout the year, we asked celebrity trainer Jenna Willis for advice. Willis says a sustainable fitness goal is “a long-term goal that is attainable and something specific you can build on over time.” With a client list that includes singer Camila Cabello and YouTuber and entrepreneur Liza Koshy, Willis is passionate about creating goals that work well with her client’s busy lives.
“My client Liza Koshy is always traveling for work. . . . Whether it’s a hotel gym while I’m traveling with her for work, biking around the city in between her meetings, a band workout to warm up in freezing-cold snow (thank you, Utah!), or using her mom’s bleach bottles as weights for our virtual sessions while she stayed home with family in 2020 . . . we get it in however we can!”
“Most people dive into the new year with a massive list of things they want to accomplish (which is great), but it leaves them feeling overwhelmed and in full-blown panic when the 10 thousand goals they set have not been hit,” she says. Instead of panicking, Willis advices that you make your fitness goals simple, attainable, and something you can keep track of. “A lot of the time, we feel plagued by the journey ahead. I recommend breaking the journey down into steps and finding joy in each step along the way. Once we are able to focus on one task at a time, it feels more simple and more beautiful.”
For example, here’s how she plans to set and maintain her goals for this year. “I wanted to set a mental and physical goal,” she explains. “Since it’s really easy to get overwhelmed, I am practicing patience with myself. . . . When things feel like they’re too much, I will take a deep breath . . . reevaluate, and find the positive in the moment.” Willis continues, “Due to all of the hard work I put on my body, this year, I’m focusing energy on mobility and recovery days. This means stretching, taking an epsom-salt bath, or foam rolling while watching my favorite TV show.”
When it comes to your goals, Willis says to take it one step at a time. “I notice a lot of people get caught up in their to-do lists and feel like they have to get things done BEFORE they can exercise. Make fitness part of your daily routine and add it to your to-do list,” she explains. If you find it hard to keep track of your goals, Willis advises to find friends and family members to talk to about your goals and get creative with your approach.
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