5 New Years Fitness Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals
It’s that time of year again…time to focus on your New Year’s resolutions. How many of you set a new year’s resolution to lose weight, lead a healthier lifestyle, or get in shape? It’s ok to admit that this year wasn’t the first time you made that resolution. Sure, good intentions are always laid out but a month or two into the new year you find yourself set back in your old ways. How about making this year different? You can increase your chances of long-term success if you follow these five simple New Years fitness tips to achieve your fitness goals.
Create a Plan of Attack
Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned before December 31 arrives.
Last minute obligations are bound to pop up on occasion, making it difficult for you to stick to your gym routine and other healthy practices. Be prepared for those moments by keeping your running shoes under your desk or in your car, and stash some nutritious bites in your purse.
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.
Whether it’s dropping a dress size, running an extra mile or trying a new exercise class, celebrate each milestone you reach. This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend. The key is to remember to keep these small and healthy, so you don’t cancel out all your efforts!
Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help to keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
Stick to it
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
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Don’t let another year go by with failed New years resolutions! Get in shape this New Year and meet your goal to get rid of stubborn fat for good.