New Year’s Resolutions always seem like such a good idea. Starting a new year off with a new you, but why do we fail with our workout goals? Let’s face it–it’s just so tough! Coming up with the best plan involves some planning.
Here are the necessities for a successful workout change:
This is the first thing you need! Without willpower, our brains and bodies just don’t feel the need to change and that’s where our promise to spend time at the gym, bike to work, or exercise during our lunch breaks sometimes fall short.
- Pick One
You are never going to be able to juggle five different workout tasks at the very beginning. Telling yourself that you’re going to yoga, the gym, and biking every day is just not possible! Pick one thing to do and build up when you don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Take Baby Steps
Don’t bite off more than you can chew! If you want to have a six-pack by a certain date, break down that task. Once you’ve picked your one resolution, divide it up into plausible and manageable tasks.
- Hold Yourself Accountable
Whether its via a journal or telling your friends every time you go to the gym or skip the drive-thru for a healthy home cooked meal, make it known. The satisfaction you get from telling others or writing it down makes the habit more likely to stick!
- Reward Yourself
Going to the gym five or more times a week is cause for celebration! Positive reinforcement and rewards increases the likelihood of success, although that doesn’t mean binging on ice cream and pizza!
- Change Your Attitude
If you look at exercising as something that’s a chore or boring, change that mindset! Find something that you enjoy and stick with it. From yoga to cycling to kickboxing, there are exercise and fitness classes and gyms for everyone; all you have to do is look.
With these tips and tricks, you can easily stick with your resolution from January to December and everyday in-between!