Doesn’t it seem like every year we have fitness New Year’s resolutions. How often do we really stick with them for the whole year? How long do you usually last when it comes to exercising? Two weeks? A month? 3 months? When people do stick with them, why are they successful while your not? There can be many reasons, but the people who are successful leave clues. Here are the Top 5 ways to make your fitness New Year’s resolutions stick.
1. Exercise for your health. You have to accept that you’re going to need to exercise most days for the rest of your life if you want to be healthy, live longer, have energy, and have a higher quality of life. The single most important thing that you can do for your health is exercise regularly! It doesn’t have to be super high intensity workouts all the time, just doing the workouts can be enough sometimes.
2. Keep a healthy living journal. Write about how your workout for the day went, what you did, how your eating was for the day, how you generally felt throughout the day, and anything else you want to write about. Journals can be great for stress management, and writing can be very therapeutic. Then, when your motivation wanes, look back at your entries. I bet you 50 bucks that when you look back you had better day’s on the day’s you exercised. I bet that each week you started to have more energy, and felt better. This is why journals can be an effective tool for keep up with exercising, eating healthy, and leading a healthier lifestyle.
3. Make it a habit to sit down for an hour or so each New Year and set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and long-term goals every year. Be sure to have a reward for each weekly, monthly, yearly, and long-term goal that you set. The reward should be written down next to the goal.
Each month, sit down to evaluate, and write about (do it in your journal if you like) the goals you set, if you reached them, and why you did or didn’t. If you’re working hard and putting in a good effort you should reach the majority of your goals, so be sure to be realistic, and don’t set yourself up for failure. Next, dedicate yourself to looking at your long-term, yearly, and monthly goals most days, preferably in the morning. If you commit to: Write down goals every year, evaluate and adjust your goals each month, and look at your goals most day’s, there’s a lot better chance that you will stick with your New Year’s resolutions, don’t ya think!
4. Find someone to workout with. A training partner can be so valuable when it comes to exercising. Not only do you have someone to go through workouts with, but you have support, accountability, a spotter, someone to watch your form, and someone to talk with between sets. If you can’t find a friend or family member to workout with, try hiring a Personal Trainer. You can hire a Personal Trainer to come to your home, or train you at your gym (it will generally cost $40-$80 per session for a good Personal Trainer). If you decide to go this route, be sure that you find a trainer that fits your needs. Start with just a few sessions, and if you enjoy working with your trainer, commit for longer (most Personal Trainers will offer a discount for longer term commitments). Many Personal Trainers now offer various online services which can help keep you accountable, and are cheaper. Check out Body Balance Healthy Living’s full range of services at: http://www.bodybalanceweightloss.com/catalog.do?category=13:86:0.
5. Take a day off each week, and take a week off (from exercising) every 3-4 months. This can be huge because taking time off will help keep you motivated in the long run. There are many reasons, both physical and psychological, to take time off. Physically, it gives the muscles, tendons, and ligaments a chance to heal from 3-4 months of cardio, and resistance training. Furthermore, it gives the Central Nervous System a chance to recover. Your brain, and the nerves that carry the impulses to your muscles can become fatigued from months of working out. Psychologically, taking some time off can give you some time to just relax. Enjoy your week off, pamper yourself, get a massage, watch a movie, whatever.
There you have it, try these 5 things this year if you are serious about keeping your fitness New Year’s resolutions. Remember why you have New Year’s resolutions in the first place, because you want to improve and be a better, healthier, happier person who is more confident and has more energy. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!