2019 is here and so are the lists of things we want to achieve in next 12 months. One of the most popular resolution is usually related to fitness, and that’s why we have a few tips for you to stick to your plans and focus on the goal you had set for this year.
Create a Plan
Before you start your exercise program, answer three questions. First, when will you exercise? Identify three days and times that are convenient for you and stick with those days so you are working out at the same time each week. Second, what type of exercise will you do? The best type of exercise is one you enjoy. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing; pick an exercise that works for you. Third, how much time will you spend exercising? Start with as little as 10 minutes per session and slowly build up to at least 30 minutes per workout.
One of the biggest problems with New Year's resolutions is they can be extremely impractical. Setting goals is a great idea, but make sure they are realistic and feasible. For example, a goal to lose 12 lbs by Easter is both reasonable and achievable. Think of it as if you were building a house. Start slow (i.e., low intensity and duration), develop a solid foundation of fitness and then build upon that foundation as your fitness improves.
Make It Fun
Exercise doesn't have to be drudgery. Find a way to get fit that also lets you have fun, such as a dance class or other type of exercise that makes you feel happy. If you don't dread it, you'll be more likely to keep going.
Keep It Real With Your Foods
Instead of fake, overly processed “diet” foods, get the real ones. Make sure they're made from fresh, whole, minimally processed ingredients. And lastly, never starve yourself. Restrictive eating slows down your metabolism and deprivation only leads to cravings and future binges.
Get Yourself Some New Gear
Wearing new apparel actually gives people that extra motivation of “wearing new clothes”, even if they are gym ones. Buy yourself some new athletic wear and get your workout sessions going!