You’ve indulged in holiday feasts, unwrapped fancy gifts and shared some great times with your friends and family. Now it’s time to get back to work. If your resolution for this upcoming year is to get in shape, these tips will show you how to start exercising the right way.
You won’t be the first or last person to want to “get fit” this new year. Just watch as the weight rooms get packed in January. You can literally feel the excitement in the room. Sadly, the majority of the newcomers won’t make it through February as, once again, their new year’s resolutions are defeated by a pile of excuses.
Don’t be one of these people. Make this year the year that you stick it out. Make this year the year you change your life for good.
Here are five tips on how to start exercising that will help you stick with your resolutions.
1) Have a plan.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
You need a plan. You need to be prepared for what you’re getting yourself into.
Start off by setting the right goals. We often set goals that are too difficult to achieve and end up quitting on them. Your goals need to be specific and measurable. You want to lose 20 pounds? You want to be able to run for 30 minutes? Both goals are specific and measurable. Always incorporate a time frame with your goals – this will make them more achievable.
If you try to wing it, you will fail. If you need help setting up a workout or nutrition plan for the new year, find a trainer or a nutritionist to help you out.
Always remember to keep things simple. The more difficult your goals are, the more likely you are to give up on them. Start slow and easy and work your way up.
2) Put everything on paper and keep track!
If you don’t write something down, it’s not important to you.
You need to write everything down on paper. If you consistently keep track of your workouts, you will begin to see progress. This will be a great source of motivation.
You will also figure out your strong points and your weak points. You will notice which exercises work for you and which don’t. This will help you make your workouts more efficient and effective.
Remember, again, to keep things simple. If you make it too difficult, you most likely will not stick with it. All you need to jot down is the date, the duration, what you did and any notes about how you feel.
3) Find your motivation.
There are times when things are going to get tough. You’ll be sore, you’ll be tired, you’ll have no time, you’ll be full of excuses. There are times when you’ll simply want to quit. This is where you need to utilize your source of motivation.
A journey is not a journey without obstacles. These obstacles are there to make us stronger. An obstacle is a test – a test to see if you truly want what you’re after. If you truly want to get fit this new year, you will find a way to get over your obstacles.
Find your source of motivation. Find something that helps you overcome those obstacles.
Need an idea? Think music, images, or…
4) Have a support system.
This is very important. A positive support system can be the difference between success and failure. This can be your friend, your spouse, your neighbour, your co-worker, your workout partner, etc. Whoever it may be, the support system needs to be aware of your goals and your schedule.
Keep your support system informed of your progress. Tell them how your workouts are going, any changes in your eating habits, any missed workouts, etc. Set it up so that the support system EXPECTS your updates.
At the end of the day, your support system will help you get through your breaking point. They will push you, encourage you and support you through both the good and difficult times of your journey.
5) Patience and Persistence.
A combination of patience and persistence will be your key to sticking with your resolution this year.
Majority of people quit because they have unrealistic expectations. They expect results within weeks and give up as soon as they don’t see any.
It takes time to get results. For some it’s weeks, for others it’s months. Whatever the time period may be for you, have the patience to wait it out. When the tough times come, you will have to be persistent. You will have to get over the obstacles and keep pushing.
The best part is, once you do see results you can use them as your best source of motivation to keep pushing forward.
Summary: Now it’s time to get to work. Remember that if you TRULY want to get fit and healthy this upcoming year, you will do whatever it takes to get there.
Hopefully my five tips for how to start exercising in the new year have been helpful.
Please leave a comment below to share your new year’s resolution!