Now that we’re getting further into the new year, many of us are struggling to stick to our resolutions. In fact, research shows that more than 90% of us don’t achieve our resolutions. While it’s comforting to know that the struggle is real for the vast majority of us, it is not a good excuse to give up on your fitness journey for the new year just because it seems like everyone else does. The key to achieving your resolution is to turn your words into habits. Our guide will help.
Think about all the choices and decisions you make in one day. If you aren’t being held accountable, do you make the best choices? Probably not. It’s human nature to sneak another cookie and opt for the couch instead of the treadmill when nobody is watching. You need to find a way to be held accountable so you can stick to your New Year’s resolution and get healthy this year.
For some people, accountability is as simple as designating an accountability partner. This person does not have to go to the gym with you, eat healthy meals with you, or record your numbers at weigh-ins, but she should be someone that you send your sweaty selfies to, share healthy meal pictures with, and talk to when you struggle with your motivation.
Another way to hold yourself accountable is to go social with your journey. Link your fitness tracker (yes, you should get one of those to be accountable to yourself) to your Facebook page so you know that people will see your progress. Join an online fitness group that shares recipes, workout techniques, and triumphs and struggles.
Add a Variety to Your Workouts
If you diversify your workout, you’ll be less likely to get bored and give up and more likely to look forward to what you’re doing to get healthy. You’ll also benefit by working out various parts of your body and pushing yourself to do more if you add a variety of activities to your fitness routine. Be sure to include aerobics, strength training, core exercises, balance training, and stretching into your regular workouts. And, be sure to schedule your workouts so that you get into the habit of doing them at least four times – or ideally, five times – per week.
If you’re still trying to find exercises that you enjoy, keep up with your regular routine until you find new activities to try. Some people love spinning classes, and others love yoga. Don’t forget that you can workout at home on days when the weather prevents traveling to the gym. You also can add variety to your workouts as the seasons change. Spring is a fantastic time to check out running and hiking trails in your area, and summer is the perfect time to use your pool for more than floating around and getting a tan. While the water does add resistance to your movements, you can amp up your pool exercises by purchasing a water fitness system.
Strive for Progress Rather Than Perfection
If you are too critical of yourself or strive for perfection, you are more likely to give up on your New Year’s fitness resolution than people who strive for progress instead. You will feel disappointed and give up if you don’t achieve your version of perfection, so focus instead on smaller goals and successes along the way. If you have a setback or cave to the sugary temptations in the break room, be kind to yourself and strive to do better the next day. One off day does not have to completely derail the progress you have made or your future endeavors. Learn from your mistakes, identify the triggers that caused you to falter, and make it a goal not to give in to them again.
It is possible to turn your resolution into healthy habits if you make a concerted effort to do so. Hold yourself accountable, add a variety of activities to your workouts, and strive for progress rather than perfection so you can beat the odds and make this the year you achieve your fitness goals.
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