It is officially January 1st. You wake up from your slumber, anxious and excited at the thought of a brand new year. New resolutions, new possibilities, a new you. You head off to the gym, determined that this year will be different than the rest. But as the days and months pass, you slowly lose the enthusiasm you once had. Sound familiar?
This scenario has become all too familiar for most people. And while we’d all love to have our resolutions fulfilled at the drop of a hat, it takes a little more effort than that to achieve your goals. Whether it’s to lose weight, eat healthier, or just become more active, follow these steps to ensure that your fitness resolutions stick year-round.
Set Realistic Goals
You may have visions of dropping 50 pounds in one month, or running a marathon by spring (when your running sneakers are still in the box collecting dust,) but setting attainable goals is very important when taking on your resolutions. By breaking down lofty goals into more tangible targets, like getting 30 minutes of exercise a day or eating more fruits and veggies, you’ll increase your odds of being successful.
Create a Plan
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This is true for any health and fitness goals you have for the New Year. By starting off January with a step by step plan of how you’ll achieve your resolutions, you’ll be more motivated and more likely to stick with them. You can create a fitness vision board on Pinterest and visit the Lucille Roberts page for inspiration!
You Don’t Have to Do It Alone
Studies have shown that people are more likely to stick to their fitness regimen if they have someone to support them. Personal trainers and small group classes are great options. You can also enlist in the help of a family member or friend to be your “workout buddy” and you’ll both reap the benefits.
With every milestone you reach in the New Year, be sure to reward yourself a little — but not with food! Whether it’s a manicure or new pair of jeans, treating yourself when you reach even the smallest goal will motivate you to continue your fitness regimen and healthy lifestyle.
Write It Out
For some, keeping a journal of their health and fitness aspirations is the perfect tool to keep them on track. Fitness journals are available at most book stores, but a plain marble notebook will do. Take notes on the foods you’re eating, the workouts you do, inspirational quotes, etc. Writing it out will help keep you organized, as you progress toward your goals. You can also go digital and check out our Top 10 for our favorite fitness apps.
Give It Time
It’s easy to get discouraged if the results you want aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like them too. Or maybe you’ve hit a plateau that you just can’t seem to get past. Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Don’t give up! With a little time, patience, and perseverance you can achieve any goal!