Fit Tip: Don’t Let Your Fitness Resolutions Fizzle Out
So, you’re setting up your health and fitness resolutions for the year, but you’re not really sure how to make the motivation and hard work last more than a few months?
We're here to encourage you to keep up the good work long after New Year's Day. We’ve rounded up our best tips to help you avoid the fizzle and reach your goals this time around.
Resolute for the right reasons.
We’re two weeks into the new year, but it’s not too late to “edit” your resolutions. Whatever your goals, make sure you are aiming to better yourself for the long-haul and not just the short term. Rapid weight loss gimmicks and tricks don’t stick, but small steps do. Make a resolution that will become a habit for the rest of your life.
Write it down. Everywhere!
Don’t keep your resolution silent in your head. Plaster it everywhere for visual motivation. Is your goal to drink more water? Put a sticky note on your fridge and mirror as a reminder. Trying to go to the gym five days week? Write your favorite motivational quotes on a piece of paper and tape it in your cubical and your car. When you see your resolution daily, you won’t forget what you set out to accomplish.
Don’t go it alone.
Two is better than one when it comes to sticking to a fitness plan. Find a friend who has similar goals and become accountability partners. Text each other daily reminders, share healthy recipes you’ve discovered, and schedule workouts together. If a partner is hard to come by, join a walking or running club or become a member of a gym with lots of classes. Group fitness classes are easier than planning your own solo workout if you’re new to fitness.
Set mini-milestones and celebrate them.
If you wait to celebrate your successes in December, you’ll quickly realize that 12 months of work with no “fun” will lead to a burnout. Instead, set mini-milestones and throw a mini-celebration when you check them off the list. But don’t set back your efforts with celebrations that include trips to the ice cream shop or missed days at the gym. Treat yourself to a new pair of workout pants, a spa treatment, or a trendy workout class you’ve always wanted to try.
Here’s to a healthy New Year that sticks!