Making resolutions has become one of the most popular traditions for the new year. But how many of us can achieve them? More than half of all resolutions fail, but they don't have to be yours this year. Sticking to fitness goals can be challenging for many people. But not impossible.
Many people make fitness-related resolutions for the New Year as a way to improve their health and well-being.
Some common examples of fitness-related resolutions include:
- Losing weight
- Building muscle mass
- Increasing endurance
- Improving overall cardiovascular health
- Gaining flexibility and balance
- Improving coordination
- Setting a new personal record in a particular exercise or sport
- Reducing stress levels
- Improving posture
- Achieving overall better physical fitness and health
- Committing to regular exercise
- Trying new physical activities
Here are a few ways to help you stick to your fitness resolution:
Set SMART Goals
- For a fitness resolution to be successful, set specific and attainable goals.
- Make a plan and set a timetable. By doing this, you will have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve and be able to choose the kind of exercise you should do, how frequently you should do it, and what time of day you should do it. It will assist you in incorporating fitness into your daily life.
- For example, instead of just saying "I want to get in shape," set a specific goal such as "I want to be able to run a 5K in under 30 minutes."
Track Your Progress
Monitor progress over time. Whether through a journal, an app, or photographs, seeing how far you have come can help you stay committed to your fitness goals.
Find A Workout Buddy
Having a workout buddy can provide motivation, accountability, and a sense of fellowship, which can make working out more enjoyable and less of a chore. Additionally, a workout buddy can also serve as a spotter, help you improve your form, and provide a source of inspiration and friendly competition.
- Be realistic and kind to yourself, and retain that progress takes time.
- Do not be too hard on yourself if you have setbacks or slip-ups.
Tell your friends, family, or a trainer about your goals and ask them to hold you accountable.
Celebrate your progress and successes with non-food rewards.
Make It Fun
Choose an activity or style of fitness that you enjoy, whether it is a team sport, a trek, or a dance class. When you cherish what you do, you are more inclined to continue doing it. Find something you enjoy, and it will be much easier to stick with it in the long run.
Due to a lack of consistency, people may start strong with their fitness resolutions but gradually lose momentum and fall back into old habits.
Let The Wellness Corner Assist You
Ultimately, the key to sticking to a fitness resolution is to make it a sustainable part of your lifestyle. A personal trainer or a registered dietitian can help you achieve your fitness resolution by creating a personalized exercise and nutrition plan tailored to your specific goals, fitness level, and lifestyle. A professional can also assist you in recognizing and overcoming any hurdles or barriers that might be keeping you from accomplishing your goals.