It is that time of year when everyone is talking about setting their New Year’s Resolutions…lose weight, change careers, go back to school. The list could go on forever. I read something that said 75% of people make resolutions, but less than half even start to make progress on them 6 months into the year. So, why do we set them? Here are a few tips to keep your fitness resolutions going throughout the year.
- Write It and Measure It
Resolutions should be both specific and measurable. Writing down your goals is not only a great way to accomplish them, but your list can also help you figure out the exact steps needed to get there.
- Make Resolutions Manageable
The key to sustainable resolutions is to make small changes gradually.
- Break Up the Goal
A goal that’s either far in the future or far out of your comfort zone can be tough to start, so break the resolution down into achievable steps.
- Treat Yo’Self!
When you hit those hard-earned benchmarks—treat yourself!
- Question Your Motives
Before hitting the gym, ask yourself some introspective questions: Why did you make this resolution? What do you want to achieve? Developing answers that elicit a powerful emotional response can help motivate your goals.
- Ask for Help
If you’re curious about new techniques, or find some exercises that are too intimidating book a session with a personal trainer to clear up confusion, help prevent injury, and learn to love new moves. Trainers and instructors are there to help, so don’t be self-conscious about asking for advice.
- Keep a Schedule
Time management is important for accomplishing any goal, and fitness is no exception.
- Keep It Interesting
The more variety in your exercise program, the more fun it will be to follow, and the more likely you’ll find something you absolutely love.
- Hold Yourself Accountable
Stay on track by putting your money where your mouth is: Pay in advance for an exercise program that demands attendance. If working out with a trainer or group class isn’t your style, pencil in regular gym dates with friends or your partner to stay accountable.
- Choose the Right Tech
There are tons of gadgets and apps that can help motivate would be gym-goers, but the most useful might be those that connect the user with a community of health-oriented peers.
- Be Forgiving
Even the best-laid resolutions can lose steam by spring. But slip-ups are completely fine (even expected), and there’s not a single person on Earth who hasn’t stumbled in their path to success. If taking time off means slightly tweaking your resolution, then so be it—but don’t give up.
Source: Adapted from http://www.greatist.com