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Are you one of the many people who made a resolution to hit the gym more? You’re not alone. New Year’s resolutions to get healthy, whether that’s by improving nutrition or exercising more, have become increasingly popular. Yet come February, many people lose their ambition to enhance their wellbeing. Don’t let that be you! Check out these four ways to stay motivated and stick to your fitness goals.
Make a Plan
The first strategy to maintaining your resolution is one that most people don’t do: make a plan. Your plan should revolve around SMART goals, meaning it should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. For example, “I want to run a marathon” is a poor goal because it does not align with the SMART motto. A better goal would be, “By March 31st, I want to be able to run three miles.” This goal is specific, you can measure your progress, you can attain the goal with a solid plan, it’s realistic to accomplish in three months, and you’re giving yourself time to achieve it.
Next, get an old fashioned notebook and pen and write it down. What will you do each week to get to this goal? How many minutes will you need to train? What classes will you attend? What pound weights do you need to lift? By writing down these details, you are more likely to hold yourself accountable because you’re not just winging it. You have planned time into your day to work out and you’ve written down the details of your workout. This creates less excuses and makes you more likely to stick with your plan to accomplish your resolution.
Alright ladies, listen up. Lifting weights will NOT make you bulky. One of the greatest obstacles women run into when trying to lose weight is the plateau. If you are only doing cardio, you will reach this plateau where no more weight is coming off. The solution? Weight lifting.
With weight training, you continue to burn calories up to 24 hours after you lift, as opposed to cardio where you only burn calories when you’re moving. Weight training creates muscle tone and will help shed those final pounds.
Mix it Up
Ever not gone to the gym because the thought of running on the treadmill for 30 minutes sounded excruciatingly boring? We’ve all experienced some degree of gym boredom. And when that happens, it can be huge barrier to accomplishing fitness goals.
The best way to counteract this is to mix it up, every single day. Do some cardio machines one day, run outside the next, lift some weights, do some yoga, etc. Trying new classes is another way to keep things interesting, especially because you may discover a new method of exercise that you love! By doing different types of exercise, you also prevent your body from adapting to something for too long, allowing for constant change and results.
Move Past the Bad Days
One morning you were so exhausted, you hit snooze and skipped the gym. Maybe you indulged in too many treats at a party. But guess what? That’s ok!
We’re human, we’re not perfect, and we make mistakes. Don’t let your resolutions prevent you from living a happy and positive life. If you skip the gym one day, don’t beat yourself up about it or feel guilty. But just because you skipped one day, doesn’t mean you should skip the next. Get back on the horse and keep going.
Every morning is a fresh start. Every moment is a chance to change your life and improve your health. What are you waiting for?