At the end of every year, many people start to think about improving their fitness. This often comes from eating and drinking too much during the festive season. Still, a new year is an excellent opportunity for a fresh start and commit to fitness New Year’s resolutions.
Fitness New Year’s resolutions are great goals to have. But all too often, after a couple of months, they fly out of the window.
With this in mind, we thought we would put together some top tips for sticking to your fitness New Year’s resolutions. Whether you want to be more active, lose weight, or muscle up, these tips will help you stay on track.
1. Choose Realistic Fitness New Year’s Resolutions
It is pretty common for people to set themselves unrealistic fitness goals. If you do this, you will soon realise that you have no chance of reaching your goal. This becomes depressing and puts you off working out.
Therefore, choose an attainable goal that you can reach within a couple of months. Once you get there, you can determine how easy it was, then set a new goal that will push you a little harder.
Your current fitness level will determine what a realistic goal is. But, you can stay on track if you commit to an event. For example, you may want to do a triathlon. Often, these events have distances suitable for all fitness levels.
2. Plan Your Fitness New Year’s Resolutions In Advance
Don’t set your fitness New Year’s resolutions on New Year’s Eve. Use the time between Christmas and New Year to set your goals.
If you have everything planned, you will start the New Year in the correct mindset (or at least when the hangover has passed).
3. Make A Plan
You can stick to a regular exercise schedule if you have a training plan. Training plans allow you to practice excellent time management, which benefits other aspects of your life too.
If you have time, you can piece together your own training plan. However, we can tailor-make a training plan for you. You don’t have to have personal training sessions, but our training plans can help you keep your fitness New Year’s resolutions.
4. Make Yourself Accountable
If you tell people about your fitness New Year’s resolutions, you are more likely to stick to them. If they laugh or pass negative comments, ignore them. They will change their tune when they see how far you have come in a few weeks time.
A great way to keep yourself accountable is to wear a fitness tracking watch. These monitor your progress and activity, which is motivating, especially when you see improvements, no matter how small.
5. Reward Yourself
Rewarding yourself doesn’t mean you should stuff a box of chocolates into your mouth. Treat yourself with something that doesn’t negatively affect your fitness New Year’s resolutions too much. But it is good to have a cheat meal once a week.
A great way to reward yourself that will compliment your fitness New Year’s resolutions, is with a treatment. For example, you can book a sports massage to help you recover and get you ready for your next workout.
6. Mix Up Your Fitness Activities
Going to the gym is great, but sometimes you need a change to keep you motivated. Outdoor activities such as running or cycling are more varied, which is often more entertaining.
Fitness classes are also a great way to mix up your workouts. You can do these online or in a fitness studio. Group workout sessions are motivating and add a different dynamic to your workout plan.
These group sessions may include TRX suspension training, body conditioning, group gym sessions, or yoga.
7. Don’t Keep Looking In The Mirror And At The Scales
You won’t see results straight away; progress comes after several weeks of consistent exercise. If you keep checking your weight or flexing in front of the mirror and don’t see the desired result, you will be demotivated.
Be patient and keep plugging away at it. There is a phrase that rings true for anyone that sticks to their plan:
In 2 weeks, you will feel it
In 4 weeks, you will see it
In 8 weeks, you will hear it
Imagine what you will achieve by the end of the year!
8. Keep Going
This one is closely related to number 7, but setting fitness New Year’s resolutions is all about creating good habits.
It takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Therefore in the early days, you will probably have a few wobbles with your motivation.
But if you manage to get through these tough times, maintaining your active lifestyle becomes much easier. You will look forward to your workouts, even the arduous ones!
9. Find A Fitness Buddy
Some people find exercising much more manageable with someone at their side. You can find motivation if you can buddy up with someone with similar fitness New Year’s resolutions.
You can support and encourage each other to keep going. If one of you has a motivational dip, the other can provide the necessary kick up the bum.
There is also motivation in friendly competition. You may not even realise it is there, but it will make you work harder and keep it interesting.
10. Don’t Worry If You Fall Off The Wagon
We are only human, and it doesn’t take much to upset an exercise routine. A busy time at work, a holiday, or excessive tiredness can make you fall off the wagon.
If this happens, give yourself a shake, and start again. Recommence your fitness New Year’s resolutions, even if it is halfway through February.
To kick-start your schedule again, recommit for 24 hours. Then do it again for the following day. These small increments will build up, and you will be back on track in no time.
Alternatively, book a personal training session. A trainer will give you all the motivation you need to get going again.
Final Thoughts On Fitness New Year’s Resolutions
You don’t have to wait until the end of the year to start a fitness journey, but it is a good mental benchmark. The bells and fireworks that go off at midnight symbolise a fresh start, so why not use this moment to start an active lifestyle?
You don’t have to do this alone. Contact Buzz Performance for help and support whatever your fitness New Year’s resolutions are.
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