Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution to Work Out

You started the New Year ready to go. You promised yourself that you would work out more this year and get fit. This is great news.

You are an inspiration to everyone around you.

Here are some ways to help you realize your fitness goals and stay on track.

Be Realistic

Try to avoid starting too big. It might be too late for that, but you can scale it back a bit starting from now to make your goal more manageable and achievable going forward.

Perhaps you thought you’d work out six days a week, but that is already looking impossible. Look at your schedule and figure out what you can realistically do on a weekly basis. It’s better to revise your plan than to abandon it. If you need to, revise it now.

Make a Written Plan

Since we’re on the subject of your plan, is it written down? Your fitness routine will be clearly, and more achievable, if you write it down. To make sure that your plans are realistic, sit down with your schedule and figure out when you will exercise.

Don’t be too ambitious. You know what works for you. You could even plan to do a little less than you think you are capable of. Once you are in a good routine, you can increase your work out time and intensity. Establishing a rhythm and starting to see the benefits is important.

If incentives work, give yourself plenty of incentives to stay on track. If you are exercising for the benefits of how it will make you feel, keep this in mind when your thoughts drift towards skipping a session. Keep your mind on the positive outcomes of working out and this will help you to stay on track.

Track Your Progress / Keep Going

If you have decided to exercise three times a week, 30 minutes each session, then track your progress.  If you miss a session, don’t just let it slide. Make a note of it and, if possible, reschedule it. You don’t necessarily have anything to prove, but do stay accountable to yourself.

Every time you exercise, write it down. When, how long, what exercises you did, and how you felt afterward. This will help you to see the benefits of your workouts and it is a blast of positive reinforcement whenever you stick to your goals.

Talk with a Friend

If you falter, call a friend, go for a walk, and talk about it. It’s good to get it out into the open and get some outside accountability and influence. Your friend might have some insight. You make talking with a friend about your exercise a regular thing, especially if your friend also has exercise goals, and you may decide to work together to support each other. Having a workout buddy is great for motivation, tracking your progress, and fun.

Stay Positive

Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up. Beating yourself up takes energy. Use that energy to get yourself back on track, day by day.

Introducing new things to your life – whether a new activity or a new intensity of activity – takes some time to adjust. Allow yourself the time it takes to get into a consistent workout routine, and don’t hesitate to ask for outside to help to keep you on track.

Golden Home Fitness trainers can come to you, according to your schedule, and they have the expertise, equipment, dynamism, and understanding to help you achieve all your fitness goals.

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