Ensure You Stick to Your Fitness Resolutions
A lot of people are completely put off the idea of making fitness related New Year’s resolutions at all, because of the tendency so many of us have to go at it with total enthusiasm for a few weeks, then abandon the whole grand enterprise before February is out.
If you would like to get in shape in 2015 but are afraid of this kind of thing sitting in (particularly if you have done this in the past), then don’t be dissuaded. While a lot of New Year’s resolutions fail, there are plenty of people who started on the route to their ideal weight, to becoming a non smoker, or to a generally healthy diet thanks to the motivation of January 1st. Here are some tips for keeping up the momentum as we go through January and on to the rest of the year:
Short term goals, make reaching larger goals a more viable and satisfying journey. If you want to lose weight, set weekly or monthly goals for how much weight you should be able to lose following your chosen diet and exercise plan. If you have a lot of weight to lose and know it may take you all of 2015 to reach your target weight, don’t think of it this way. Think that you want to be ten pounds lighter by the end of January. You can also set mid term goals to help make your progress more long sighted. If you plan to go on vacation in August, or have a special occasion coming up in May, you can set goals for the dress size or weight you want to be by those dates, so you have something to keep on motivating you as months go by.
Don’t Let Your Exercise Plan Get Derailed By Life
One of the main reasons people give up on a fitness related resolution is that life gets in the way and they find time or body related excuses not to exercise. One of these can be painful. Experiencing muscle or joint pain when working out or after exercise can be off putting, and often a good excuse to quit. Make sure you are comfortable when you exercise and protect any weak joints like previously injured knees and elbows. Ensure you have the right sort of shoes for your activity, and consider things like gel heel cups by sturdyfoot.com to help avoid leg, ankle and back pain and prevent blisters or discomfort on your feet.
Lack of time can also become an excuse, so make sure that your initial workout plan is realistic with your work and life schedule. If you know full well you are not really a morning person, you probably won’t continue getting up at 5am and going to the gym before work after the novelty wears off. Start off with a program that fits with your life and preferences, and you are far more likely to willingly keep it up.
There is no reason why your New Year’s resolutions need to end in failure, but you do need to do all you can to prevent yourself from giving up!