It is likely that, if you’re setting New Year’s Resolutions, fitness will feature somewhere on the list. It can be quite a boring thought, however, to just start going to the gym, not to mention difficult to stick to. Instead, why don’t you kick-start your 2019 workout regime with a fun, fitness-related challenge?
1. Try a new type of workout
Challenging your body in a different way could be trying out a new form of workout. Whether you already hit the gym to weight train regularly or you’re a Pilates lover, why not try a different way of working out! Going for a weekly run, or even trying Crossfit, could be a great way to mix things up.
2. Get friends involved and make a team together
If you are dreading the idea of getting fit next year, get a group of friends together who have the same goals (you’ll likely find friends who also want to become more active as a resolution) and make up a team! You can then all go to a dance class, or even start a sports team such as football or netball. This is also a great way to meet new people.
3. Get competitive
If you’re naturally competitive, this idea is great for you. Start a challenge with your friends to help keep each other accountable – for example, all aim to get to the gym 3 times a week. Whoever wins can take everyone else out for lunch or treat you all to a spa day!
4. Up those steps
A really simple but effective way of getting fitter and improving your mental health is walking more. Set a goal of 10,000 steps, or 12,000 if you tend to move around a lot daily. This is a great way to get you out in the fresh air, as well as upping your NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis), which is key when trying to burn fat.
5. Get yourself a gym studio intro offer
There are so many great value deals around at lots of fitness studios, especially in London, for the month of January. If you really want to kickstart your fitness regime, or just mix things up a bit, sign onto one of these and push yourself to make the most of it!
6. Sign up to a 5k run
If you’re not a runner, don’t fear! Start small with signing up to a local 5K run and raise money for a great cause. This will also keep you accountable and motivate you to improve your running and cardiovascular fitness.
7. Get a Personal Trainer
If you’re really serious about your fitness, then invest in some personal training sessions. This is a fantastic way to keep yourself accountable and to get motivated, as the right PT will push you and inspire you to keep working harder. The financial incentive will also likely encourage you to turn up to those sessions!
I hope these ideas inspire you and motivate you to give your fitness regime a real go next year!