How to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

How to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

It’s the third week of the New Year and you’re already having difficulty trying to psyche yourself up to take advantage of that recently-purchased gym membership.The New Year is the perfect time to incorporate healthy habits into your routine and this is the reason people make resolutions. Unfortunately, a majority of those people give up on the goals they set for themselves.

Studies show that up to 80 percent give up by Mid-February. The reasons for this vary, but there are several common ways people find themselves unable to achieve their resolutions.

Some of the biggest mistakes people make are setting goals that are either too broad or too big. There’s nothing wrong with shooting for the stars but it’s important that your rocket is properly fueled for the long haul and that you’re enjoying the journey along the way.

Here are some helpful ways to make sure your resolutions stick.

Have Fun: Since most resolutions revolve around health and fitness, you shouldn’t just sign up for a gym and have no clue on what you’re going to do when you get there. Ride a bike, play table tennis – anything that gets you moving that provides health benefits and help you stay with your program.

Set realistic and specific goals: “I want to lose weight.” Well, so do many people, but “losing weight” isn’t a specific goal; losing 15 pounds before spring is.

Start slow and work your way up: Yeah, we all would love to hit the gym every day, but it’s hard to go from zero gym appearance the previous year to making daily appearances. Get gradual results by planning your workouts during the week. Increase the intensity the more you get into a set routine.

Strength in numbers: There’s no better way to keep yourself motivated and inspired than sharing your goals with your family and friends to help keep you on track.

Track your progress: Everyone would love quick results and it can be easy to feel like you’re not gaining any ground on your goal. Document your progress by keeping a journal of your activity, weekly exercises, weight or body fat. Doing this is a great way to celebrate the small milestones you make and help assure that you enjoy the journey.

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