Get Fit For The New Year
Diet and fitness dominate conversations at this time of year. Everyone seems to want to be healthier and in better shape, and setting a resolution for the new year to improve your diet and exercise routine is a common strategy. However, plenty of people set a goal for the year ahead and then quickly forget about it, falling into the same old habits as they did the previous year. Follow these tips if you’re hoping to stick it out for the long haul this year.
Set Clear Goals
A problem many people face when handling new year’s resolutions is in the wording itself. It’s easy enough to say, “This year, I’m going to get in shape”, but there are no actual goals there that will help you reach that bigger aim. Instead of making one huge resolution, break it down into a series of manageable goals. Set yourself a target for the coming weeks that you know you can stick to, and then keep the bigger picture aim of improved fitness in mind as you pursue each small target.
Set A Routine
If you’re not used to getting up and exercising every day then it can be difficult to work it into your usual routine. Schedule time for yourself each day and stick to it no matter what- even if it’s just a 10 minute block of jumping jacks in your living room. If you struggle to drag yourself out of bed for a run every day then set an alarm with motivating music playing loud and have your exercise clothes and sneakers ready and waiting by your bed.
It can be really tough to stick to goals when you’re working towards them on your own, so buddy up with a friend who has similar goals to you. If you both agree to go to the gym a few times a week together then it’ll be harder to bail out when you’re feeling lazy. Motivate each other and help keep each other positive and on track.
Find Fun In Fitness
Not everyone enjoys running on the treadmill or peddling away at an exercise back. That’s okay- there are plenty of other ways to get in shape. Find an activity that you genuinely enjoy like a dance class, yoga or a walking group, and then aim to incorporate that into your life on a regular basis. If exercise is fun then it won’t feel like a chore and you’re more likely to get moving more often.
Track Your Progress
There are plenty of fun ways to keep track of your weight and fitness these days, and seeing yourself improve can be a great way to stay motivated. Get involved in an online fitness tracking site or group, or download apps onto your phone that track your steps and heart rate. They’ll give you a clear sense of how much activity you’re really doing each day, and help you see where you’re going wrong (or right).