It’s all too easy to get psyched up and make New Year’s resolutions that are broad, open ended, unrealistic or strictly physique related which typically only lasts during “January rush”, leaving most gyms with their regular crowds by March. You don’t have to be one of those people who’ve wasted their initiation fee and first and last month’s payments because you pooped out after the first month. Now that the New Year is in full swing and all of the first month warriors have dropped off, let’s go over a few tips to keep you motivated and help you stick to your New Years, New You resolutions.
Have a plan!
Don’t just show up to the gym in hopes of getting in shape, to get bigger arms, or to tighten your butt. It’s perfectly fine to want to achieve all of those things but you’ll never get there without a plan in place. Imagine being in a foreign country, without a map or your precious GPS, attempting to navigate to your destination. That’s about equivalent to walking into the gym without a plan.
I suggest creating definitive goals that you want to achieve, such as “make it to the gym at least 3 times a week,” or “doing a total of 2 hours of cardio a week.” Depending on your level, you may need to modify other areas of your life to reach your goals, but the idea is to have a plan.
Take baby steps, and break up your goals into smaller, achievable segments.
Now that you have your plan and some type of goal you want to achieve, it’s time to break those goals down into easily digestible tasks. Using the cardio example from above, most people aren’t going to accomplish doing 2 hours of cardio in one session, I know I’m not. So if doing 2 hours of cardio a week is your goal, break that down into smaller sessions that you can knock out throughout the week to hit your ultimate goal.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
For most people working out and doing physical activity isn’t something that’s been a constant in their lives, so walking into a fitness club may seem daunting. No worries, there’s always people who are willing to help; all you have to do is ask. I suggest asking a certified personal trainer, or someone you know is a regular in the gym, to prevent injuries from lifting or using the machines incorrectly. Remember, you’ve made the first step by even showing up, so take the next step by asking for help to keep moving towards achieving your goals.
Join a group, class, or find a workout buddy.
Sometimes working out in a group provides motivation that you can’t find when working out alone. Not only is it fun and motivating, working out with a group can help establish your routine as well as give you a chance to learn exercises and movements the right way. Most of your big box fitness clubs have a schedule of classes they offer, so check them out and go to one that sounds fun to you. You can also try meet-up apps, social media, or even coworkers to establish a fun fitness group which could help you all stay motivated.
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Hold yourself accountable.
It’s super easy to make that IG or Facebook post about your great New Year’s resolutions, then sit back and smile when someone “Likes” or comments on your post. Yeah, it’s all good to enlist the help of friends to keep the motivation high, but you still have to do the work yourself. No one wants to be the person who backs out on scheduled workout sessions, and have to scramble for a “reason” why they can’t make it.
We make time for the things we want to make time for in our lives, so if achieving the fitness goals you set out in your New Year’s resolutions are what you want to do, then make time for your workout sessions.
-Parhio 'The Trainer'
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