How To Stick To Your New Year Fitness Goals
So this year came and went in the blink of an eye and you weren't able to achieve the health and fitness goals you planned at the beginning of the year. You may feel disappointed, but there's no better time for a fresh start than a new year! As we are winding down on the first week of January most people are still "Gung-ho" on their new fitness routines (which is great), but what happens when a few weeks or months pass? Will you still be as dedicated as you are right now? The unfortunate truth is that many wont.
But that doesn't have to be you! We're here to outline the top 5 ways to stick to your new fitness routine!
1. The truth hurts, accept it.
Right off the get go, this might sound a bit harsh...sorry. But the truth is, being fit or healthy or whatever you want to call it is a lifestyle and not a temporary fix. You can't expect to set a goal to weigh x amount of pounds by a certain date, hit that goal - and then stop. That's not how it works, and it never will. When you hit your goal, it is definitely something to be proud of - and it's ok to celebrate just don't overdo it (no one likes a beer gut)! However, you should immediately develop a new goal to work towards so you don't lose the drive of working towards something.
"Being healthy is a lifestyle, not a temporary fix."
2. Get a gym buddy.
You have probably heard this one before, and rightfully so. This is one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable to your workouts, group fitness classes, and diet. Having another person to hold you accountable not only keeps you honest, but can also act as a motivator to do better. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right? If none of your friends want to join you on your fitness journey, join a fitness class and meet other like minded participants.
3. Hire a personal trainer.
Another super effective way to hold yourself accountable for workouts is to hire a qualified personal trainer. Not only will you want to avoid letting them down, you will also want to avoid pouring money down the drain for missed sessions. Would you rather sit and light some $20 bills on fire for an hour or go meet your trainer and torch some pounds for an hour? You could also use a personal trainer for a month or so to get the basics down, and then find a workout partner who doesn't charge you, but will keep you in check!
4. Track your progress.
Believe it or not, a massive factor in personal motivation is being able to see tangible results from the hard work you are putting in. Many will start a program, bust their gut for a month and not notice any results in the mirror. It can be a huge discouragement and can cause people to quit on the spot. To avoid this you must do 2 things:
1. Take before and after pictures. Take a picture before starting your program, and don't be afraid to hang it on your bathroom mirror, because I guarantee if you are putting in the work you will notice the results (however small they might be from week to week).
2. Track your workouts and meals. It might sound like a lot of work, but if you want the results you are going to have to pay your dues! A simple pen and notepad at the gym to record your workouts will do, and there are a gazillion free diet/fitness tracking apps out there that you can use. Check out MyFitnessPal if you're looking for a solid option.
5. Find something that you enjoy.
Being healthy does not have to feel like pulling teeth; it really doesn't. You don't necessarily have to join your local gym and lift weights 7 days a week to achieve your goals. The thing is, your goals are your own - Just because your friend or co-worker is training for a bikini/bodybuilding contest, doesn't mean you have to. If you would rather go jogging, that's okay, if you enjoy playing recreational/intramural sports on Wednesday nights with your friends, then do that! It is a lot easier to stay committed when you don't dread going to the activity!
Look for an inspirational/motivational individual to follow, there are many online who are very open and provide valuable insight into their daily lives.
We wish you the best this year with your health and fitness goals, and hope we can be of some help along the way! Let's crush this year!