The New Year is time to evaluate your fitness routine for the year to come. While many people stay on track all year long, most of us can use a little inspiration to achieve our fitness goals. Here are 5 tips to help you start out on the right foot with your exercise routine this year.
Set Realistic Goals
Setting out to achieve the unattainable is a sure-fire way to derail your fitness goals. Instead of setting a weight loss goal of 50 pounds, strive to lose the first 10 pounds and move forward from there. Don’t attempt to run ten miles the first week you begin your program, instead start with one mile and go forward. As your fitness level increases, add new goals to achieve and before your know it, you will be in the best shape of your life.
Make A Plan
Write out a fitness plan and stick to it. A journal is an invaluable tool that can really help you track your progress. Be sure to write down important information such as weights used and cardiovascular activities. If you are using treadmills to get fit, be sure to track your time and increase it by five minute increments each workout. Before you know it, you will be on your way to heart health.
Find A Buddy
A workout partner can make your workouts more interesting and will keep you accountable to someone beside yourself. By committing to regular workout times, you will be less likely to blow off a workout after work or on the weekend. A buddy will also encourage you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, which will increase your fitness level and your confidence. Canâ€™t find a buddy? Consider enlisting the help of a personal trainer. Youâ€™ll be amazed at the results you get when you have someone whoâ€™s only job is to help you achieve your goals and keep you motivated!
Reward Your Progress
When you meet a fitness goal, reward yourself with something special. Ideally, this would be a non-food reward and something that you can get excited about. Buying new workout clothes or an evening out with friends can encourage you to stick to your New Year resolutions. Little wins will go a long way in your road towards better fitness.
Change It Up
Switching up your fitness routine can help you stave off boredom. Instead of running on treadmills, switch to working out on ellipticals for a change. This way you still get a great cardiovascular workout without the mundane feeling that can come with any fitness routine. Changing up your workout routine is also important for fitness. The body can become accustomed to the same workouts so it is important to change up your routine to trick your body into shape.Â Group fitness classes are a great way to change things up.
These five tips will help you renew your dedication to your fitness routine and keep you on track. Remember, consistency is the key to increasing your fitness level and becoming the best possible you this year.