EXCUSE THE EXCUSES: HOW TO STICK TO NEW YEAR’S FITNESS RESOLUTIONS
How’s that New Years resolution going? If the answer is “not so great,” keep in mind that even the greatest people stumble on their way up the ladder of success. Change does not happen overnight! If you had any fitness related goals for 2016 and need the inspiration to get out there and stick with your goals, here are some tips to get motivated to work out again:
1. Doing the same thing gets boring
For starters, your muscles will lose the benefit of the workout if you continue to do the same movements, and exercises without any variety. There are so many options from cardio to strength to flexibility, that you should not be bored! Try investing in a few sessions with a personal trainer, whether you know your way around the gym or not. Gather a group of friends to work out with and share your exercises. Everyone will benefit together.
2. But I’m STILL BORED in the gym!
Try a class! Zumba, yoga, spin class, rock climbing class, aerobics, swim, walking groups, triathlon groups, you name it – just try it! There are huge communities of fitness gurus in all their niches that you can follow on social media like instagram to get inspired!
Also, if you just hate the gym (I mean there’s B.O. and sweaty distracted people with their headphones in, ugh!), then don’t go! Try something else. Try swimming: this will offer you a great full body exercise and there are always indoor or outdoor pools depending on where you live. Or go for a walk at the park, find a new trail to hike with a friend. There are also bike rides. You don’t have to finish a Tour de France; even a leisurely pedal for 30 minutes somewhere scenic can make a big difference in your heart health.
3. After a long day of work I don’t have the energy
Start off by scheduling yourself a low intensity workout: even a quick 10 minute walk or 20 minutes on a stationary bike can be a big energy booster for your day. Better yet, starting off small will allow you to build up the tolerance for higher levels of exertion. Ultimately, you develop good habits as a result of holding yourself accountable and starting off with baby steps. Starting off with one day a week increases and becomes a few more days a week without fail. By slowly growing comfortable with the routine and the energy levels expended, you have a better chance of keeping your promise to yourself and the overall experience is much more rewarding and enjoyable.
4. My schedule is too busy!
Your work out is just as important as your business meeting. If you alot the time, stick with the plan! When someone asks for a business meeting during your scheduled workout, say you already have an appointment (there’s no need to tell them its at the gym!). Don’t feel guilty! By pursuing a healthier you, other areas of your life become full of promise and opportunity. Also, as mentioned before, don’t dive in headfirst otherwise you risk being a burn out and that new years resolution will disappear as quickly as it started. Start with “manageable” so you don’t punish yourself for skipping workout #7 at the end of your already exhausting week.
5. I don’t see any progress
You didn’t gain weight overnight, contrary to what you might think when you look in the mirror. So its going to take sometime to lose it! Don’t look at the scale so often because numbers are less telling than how you feel. Exercise is about more than weight, it is about feeling happy and healthy. The truth is, the more time and energy you invest, the better the results will be. Instead of pounds, keep track of your progress using smart phones with built in health apps. Nowadays, working out can be exciting with fitbits and apps galore for keeping track of your health.
Keep in mind, once again, that even the greatest people stumble on the ladder of success. Consistency is difficult and can become monotone. Find ways to have fun. Find ways to treat yourself: you stayed dedicated to your workout plan this entire week so go out for a few drinks or have your favorite dessert. Find the balance in working hard and reaping the rewards. Avoid the 180 reversal to change your lifestyle right away. The instant gratification mentality needs to be thrown out with all that’s old from last year. Baby steps and eventually, your new years resolutions will simply become part of your weekly routine.