Now that the new year is upon you and you’re making your resolutions, why not include a fitness plan to get your body in shape and stay with it. If you want to create lasting changes, there are three things you can do to make your resolutions work all year long: Adjust your attitude, change your lifestyle and come up with a plan to succeed.
Here are some quick tips on how to make mini-New Year’s resolutions that will keep you committed to regular exercise from sheknows.com:
1) Make time for you
The problem: Taking care of yourself on a daily basis – if you don’t already use a fitness routine – can be challenging. From daycare to meetings or just catching up with friends, it can often seem like you don’t really fit into the routine of your day.
The solution: Start making yourself the priority. Let family around you know that you’re hoping to make a big fitness change in your life and ask them for their support. See if your friends can help you with a few daily tasks or even work out with you. Get your husband to wash the dishes so you can go to the gym or outside for a walk. By sticking to your I need me time plan, you’ll be more likely to keep an exercise schedule.
Work out on your lunch break
2) Write it down
The problem: You want to lose weight and tone your muscles, but haven’t set any concrete goals and you’re not sure how to go about achieving your fitness goals.
The solution: Recent studies prove people who write things down – from what they eat to how they feel before, during and after exercise – are more likely to stick to a new healthy living plan. So, before you start any routine, go to your local bookstore and buy a journal to track your fitness goals (or keep one online). Include inspirational quotes in your health journal to inspire you to work out whenever you feel like taking a day off (or feel too lazy to get off the couch). Doing this will assist you in feeling more organized and in control of your fitness goals.
3: Set realistic health goals
The problem: Your fitness goals are too flimsy and could set you up for failure. For example, it’s January and you want to run a half-marathon by March or you’re hoping to lose 10 pounds in a month.
The solution: speak with your physician before starting any fitness regimen to help you set realistic fitness goals. Make an appointment with a qualified fitness trainer who can help you in breaking your larger New Year’s resolutions into smaller more achievable fitness goals and tasks. This will keep you determined and increase your odds of success. A medical or health professional can also help you plan for and overcome the inevitable hurdles that may slow down your fitness schedule; for example, illness, injury, or family and work obligations.