New Year, new me!
I’m sure you’ve seen this on your timelines a lot in the last week or so, along with gym selfies, pictures of diet supplements and endless motivational quotes. It’s a good thing: people often use the New Year to become more motivated regarding their health and fitness.
The problem is that most people who start out with these fitness goals often abandon them within weeks of starting. It’s a popular trope at this point that ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ don’t stand the test of time, particularly when they relate to fitness.
This doesn’t have to be so. I, for example, have a fitness goal for this year and I do not intend to fall off it anytime soon. So, here are some tips to keep up with your fitness goals.
- Start already: It’s common for people to decide to get fit at the beginning of the year (or at any other time) and give their new fitness lifestyle a far away start date. Maybe they’ll start working out next week or next month or tomorrow. Don’t fall into this habit. Start working out today. Even if you don’t have all the top equipment or Instagram-worthy workout clothes. Begin today.
- Start Sustainable: If you haven’t worked out in years, running 5 miles on your first try probably isn’t a good idea. A mistake that many people make is overloading themselves at the beginning. A rule I would recommend is this.. don’t start anything you won’t sustain long-term. For example, I’ve begun drinking a glass of water in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night along with other smaller glasses during the day. When I began, I asked myself if I could do this long-term. I knew I could and I’ve stuck with it ever since.
- Buildup Slowly: Start with small workout tasks, like a 5-minute workout on the elliptical or 10 situps. Make this a part of your daily routine for about two weeks. When this is done, increase it to say, 10 minutes on the elliptical or 20 situps. When you do this, you avoid overwhelming yourself and make your workouts not only a fad but an important part of your life.
I’ll keep you all updated on how my fitness journey is going over the course of the year. In the meantime, enjoy these tips and enjoy your fitness!