During the holidays, people tend to overeat and aren’t as active, in result they gain weight. However, if you are looking to set and achieve some New Year’s fitness goals, here are some strategies to increase your chance of success.
Set Realistic Goals
Goals need to be as specific and measurable for them to be achieved. Track your goals by writing them down. Do not set goals that are impossible to accomplish, aim for a short term, achievable goal.
A reliable exercise partner can provide you with companionship and support. They can motivate you to stick to your commitment, even when you don’t feel like working out. Remember there’s strength in numbers!
Get a Personal Trainer
Even if you consider yourself knowledgeable when it comes to working out, personal trainers create a workout plan tailored just for you that will help you achieve your fitness goals. Trainers know how to properly progress and change up your workout so you don’t plateau and continue to see results. They will also assess your progress by monitoring your weight, body measurements, BMI and body fat percentages.
Time to ditch the junk food and reboot your diet. Before starting your fitness journey, eliminate all unhealthy foods from your kitchen. Next, stock up on healthy alternatives; this will help you from falling back into bad habits. You will feel good when you take charge of your diet and overcome your cravings.
Plan Healthy Meals in Advance
Stocking your fridge with healthy meals will save you time and unneeded calories. This will reduce the temptation of ordering takeout or going out to eat. Plan a night for shopping and prepping, this will help ensure your diet doesn’t go off track.
Track Your Progress
Keep a record of your fitness achievements, positive results will help motivate you. A food log or nutrition tracking app can count calories and monitor your diet. Some scales can track weight, body fat percentages and BMI. Strength, speed and endurance can also be measured and assessed.
Remember No Pain, No Gain
Working out is bound to leave you feeling sore. However, do not allow laziness to creep in because you are sore from training. Even if you feel pain, you can still do some exercise. For example, you can opt for yoga instead of plyometrics or take a leisurely walk instead of a mountain hike.
Celebrate Small Milestones
Exercise should not be a punishment; reward yourself with something that doesn’t contradict your goals. Buy yourself a new dress or reward yourself with a good pair of training shoes.
Even if you don’t see results right away, remember sometimes it takes time to see results. Remember, it usually takes 3 weeks to form a habit and six months to make an activity part of your lifestyle. Meet all of your New Year’s Fitness goals with these tips and you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier self in no time.