Chances are at some time in your life, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through. If your resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks.
We all love New Year’s resolutions, especially the ones that revolve around setting New Year fitness goals for ourselves. The fact that we are talking about fitness, goals, and achievements would mean that you are serious in your commitment towards achieving a healthier and leaner body.
Exercise of any type not only helps you lose the extra pounds that you have gained but also promotes overall wellbeing. This is even more rewarding if you are a member of a gym or are planning to enroll in one.
But when you find yourself caught up in a hectic lifestyle, it’s difficult to stick to your fitness goals. Well, we’ve got some easy tips to change that right away.
Create a plan
Chalk out a workout plan with realistic goals. Don’t get swept away or overwhelmed by the task ahead. Take it one step at a time. Break your fitness goal into a series of smaller challenges. Be very specific about what you want to accomplish and set deadlines so that you can monitor your progress. And if you are a beginner ensure that your fitness goals actually work out for your needs.
Learn to do workouts that you like and stick with them till you can graduate to the next level. You could start by joining a nearby gym. Not only do you get access to the latest equipment, but you will also experience increased energy levels after a good workout and you will stay motivated. A gym is a good place to relieve your stress, you will learn from the best and you will get to choose a workout that will fit your specific needs and schedule.
Consistency is keyA common element that runs and cuts across all New Year fitness plans is consistency. Make sure that while meeting your fitness goals you are consistent in your workouts.
AccountabilityThis one is big! Find a way to hold yourself accountable for your fitness resolution. You could write down your goals and achievements, keep a journal, have healthy competitions with family or friends or hire a personal trainer.
Eat HealthyAn essential prerequisite to gym routines and achieving gym goals is eating healthy. A few pointers will surely help you like- don’t skip breakfast; eat regular meals; include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet; drink plenty of water; eat high fibre foods such as oats, wholegrain bread, beans, peas and lentils; eat smaller portions; avoid junk foods and cut down on alcohol consumption. A healthy diet is a lifestyle approach to not only weight loss but a prolonged life by reducing the risk of weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
Reward yourselfWhenever you hit a milestone or even a small accomplishment make sure to reward yourself. The reward can really be anything you want. It may be a dinner with family or friends or any activity which you like to participate in or even buy yourself something. You deserve it! This will keep you motivated to keep pushing yourself.
Remember to have fun
While the main focus of all fitness resolutions is working out and switching to a healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be boring. To make things fun, for your New Year fitness plan, challenge yourself in new and innovative ways.
There are a number of ways you can shake up your routine. Take a break from your schedule once in a while and do something out of the box. If you find yourself drawn to yoga, Zumba, calisthenics or other exercises, ask your trainer to help you incorporate these into your fitness plan.
Always warm-upDon’t skip out on the warm-ups. A proper warm-up is important to get the body ready for injury-free movement. Take time to stretch after your workout and take rest days.
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Tips To Reach Your New Years Fitness Goals
Get a workout buddy. You may know someone in your life who resolved to start exercising in the New Year. Begin your fitness journey together. It will increase your chances for success and you’ll have more fun. For this to work, you have to find an exercise that both of you enjoy.
Change behavior reasonably. We all have bad habits. However, trying to change more than one bad behavior at a time can be a recipe for failure. Decide which goal is your priority. Focusing on one goal at a time can improve your chance at success.
Be realistic. One of the biggest problems with New Year’s resolutions is they can be extremely impractical. Setting realistic goals is important because knowing you can attain your goal helps keep up your motivation. A realistic goal is a goal you know you can achieve, even if it might take a lot of work or time to accomplish.
Appreciate and be kind to yourself. Recovery and a healthy mindset are as important as the sweat sessions. Make sure to take that seriously this year. Practicing self-love often takes hard work, and no day will be 100 percent perfect. It’s all about making the conscious decision to look in the mirror and point out the parts of yourself that are incredible.
Use an App. Most of us are already on our phones most of the time anyway, so why not download just one fitness app to help guide you through your gym goals for the new year?
Get a personal trainer. Trainers are in the prime position to assist and facilitate those dreams into becoming reality. The can help keep you motivated, make sure you are performing exercises properly and introduce you to new ideas to keep things fresh and interesting.
Just move your body. Including movement in your everyday routine is a great place to start when it comes to crafting fitness resolutions for the new year. Find some type of movement that you enjoy doing, and do that. Doing what truly makes you happy is the key to crafting a workout routine that seems less like work, and more like fun.
Creating a workout plan for yourself and sticking to it is hard. Work, family, and responsibility get in the way, and no matter how strong your intentions are, you’re likely to get sidetracked at some point.
As you work toward your goals, focus on the positives instead. Change can be hard and stressful. Don’t punish yourself or give up altogether because you have a bad day or two. Get right back on that proverbial horse and keep going.