For many people the first week of January means making fitness-related New Year’s resolutions, only to have them fall by the wayside in a couple of weeks, or months (if lucky).
Is it possible to keep that momentum up and carry it the whole year round? Here are some points that shall help you stick to your fitness resolutions!
1. Make one change at a time
It’s easy to start off the New Year full of energy and big plans, but starting small will give you a greater chance of success. Instead of planning an unrealistic workout schedule, aim for three days a week. Rather than writing off all carbs, sugar, and bread, give yourself some breathing space and designate a day or two a week where such food is okay.
As you succeed with smaller steps, these habits will soon become a routine that you can build on as you add new goals.
2. Don’t go it alone
Studies cite that show social interaction makes people more likely to work out. Instead of going at it alone, sign up for a fitness class, join a local running club, walk with a friend during lunch or hire a personal trainer. The social aspect will help keep you going, and you’ll be less likely to bail on your plans to exercise.
Even if you’d like to go at it alone, you could also join our great community fitness apps such as Kount to be a part of a larger group of fitness enthusiasts.
3. Make it fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Find a way to get fit that also lets you have fun, such as a dance class or other type of exercise that makes you feel happy. If you don’t dread it, you’ll be more likely to keep going and seeing transformations that are both motivating and inspiring!
4. Keep a food diary
Losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution. While no particular strategy works for everyone, a food diary can be a helpful part of your success. Otherwise, it’s easy to underestimate just how much you’re eating, forgetting about that vending machine candy bar at work or the snack you had while watching TV.
One study found that people who kept a food diary lost more pounds than people who didn’t. Consistency was key, whether you keep a printed diary or use an app such as Kount, that has an extensive database of all food types to keep track of every calorie you intake.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll be perfect as you strive to attain your exercise or healthy eating goals.
Accept that you’re going to have some ups and downs, and realize that what’s important is getting back on track. Otherwise, a missed workout or two can derail you for the rest of the year.