If you’ve decided that your New Year’s resolutions are to take better care of yourself, get healthier, and start working out more, you’re not alone.
BE REALISTIC - Your workout goals should be attainable. Making a goal to have a six-pack after a week of hard work in the gym isn’t going to happen (Doesn’t mean we can’t dream, though, right?). A more realistic goal would be increasing the number of sit-up reps you do every week - which will (hopefully) help you develop that six-pack you want.
TALK ABOUT IT - Don’t keep your workout goals a secret. Tell your friends, family, and any other supportive people in your circle. Their encouragement can go a long way, especially if you need that extra “kick in the pants,” so to speak.
GET A TRAINER - Hire a personal trainer! A trainer can help you define your fitness goals, personalize workouts, provide instruction and motivation, keep you accountable, and more.
P.S. If you don’t want to go to the gym because it’s crowded with ambitious gym-goers, never fear: This crowd will shrink in time. In fact, the International Health, Racquet, and SportsClub Association (IHRSA) says gym memberships spike about 12 percent in January, but within six months, 30-45 percent of these people end up canceling their memberships.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT DIET - Abs are made in the kitchen. Actually, it’s more like “Abs are made in the gym, but are revealed in the kitchen.” If you want abs, you need a very low body fat percentage, which requires discipline on what and how much you eat. Then, a proper workout regime can be the icing on the cake.
TRACK PROGRESS - Keep note of any and all successes and accomplishments you experience along the way. This can be a huge motivator because you are able to look back and see how far you’ve come.
BE PERSISTENT AND CONSISTENT - Don’t expect to see amazing results right away. Remind yourself that good things take time - so be patient!
INCORPORATE MORE AT-HOME WORKOUTS - At-home workouts can be just as effective as getting to the gym. Exercise doesn’t have to be formal. Incorporate extra forms of exercise in little places, and it will add up! Walk during phone conversations, use a pedometer, and make other excuses to get up and get moving.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX - Try outdoor activities or team exercise classes - and you can even turn on free YouTube tutorials to workout to wherever you’d like.
REWARD YOURSELF - Celebrate your successes by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. For example, if you’ve been dying for some pampering, treat yourself to a fun spa day.
Workout resolutions are no different than any other type of resolution. To see real improvements to accomplish what goals you’ve set, your goals should be realistic and concrete steps should be put into place to reach them. Surprise yourself this year and become a workout queen. You’ll never look back. Happy exercising!