New Year’s Resolutions always tend to include something fitness-related, whether that be to finally start a true workout regime, or to run a marathon by the end of the year. Either way, they also seem to be the ones we forget and let slide.
Here are some tips on how to ensure you actually fulfil your fitness goals in 2019!
1. Be realistic
If you work a 9-5 six days a week and also have a side-hustle, it’s going to be incredibly difficult for you to get a session in 6 times a week. So start with maybe three days a week of exercise if this sounds like you, or aim to walk to work three mornings a week.
2. Make specific goals
Instead of making your resolution to “start running” or “go to the gym”, be more specific about it so you can really feel accomplished once you do it, and so you know what you need to achieve! An example of this could be “Do a spinning class three times a week” – you can tick it off weekly, so it is achievable as well as specific.
3. Tell people
The best way to hold yourself accountable is to make sure those around you know what you’re aiming to achieve. You don’t have to tell everyone, but maybe tell a friend or a family member that you’re close to, that you know will give you a friendly but firm push when you need it. If you don’t want to tell friends or family, get a personal trainer for the ultimate accountability, or even tell a gym buddy!
4. Make your goals performance-oriented
Rather than “Lose 10 lbs”, if you switch your mindset to a more positive one such as “Do a bodyweight pull-up” or “increase my squat strength by 20kg”, you’ll be far more motivated to hit the gym and really push yourself. If you really want to take this one to the next level, you could sign yourself up for a race so you have no option but to prepare!
5. Just get moving
At the end of the day, if you really don’t feel like doing a gym session, don’t beat yourself up! Go for a job, a long walk, or a cycle – you’re still getting moving. You’re not going to feel 100% motivated every single day, so don’t expect to or get discouraged when you don’t.
6. Sleep more!
Sleep is absolutely key when it comes to sticking to your fitness goals, at any time of year. The more sleep you get, the better you’ll perform in the gym – it’s as simple as that! We have a few blog posts on how to get a better nights’ sleep and tips on creating your perfect night-time routine, so check those out if you want to improve your sleep hygiene.
7. Purchase some confidence-boosting activewear
If you really want to motivate yourself to get working out, buy yourself a new gym outfit! If you haven’t yet given your family and friends your Christmas wish list, add some fabulous new activewear to the list ASAP. You can get affordable but great quality activewear nowadays too.
8. Invest in tech
If you are a bit of a tech nerd and want to be able to track and analyse your results, get yourself a fitness tracker/watch! From the Fitbit to the Apple Watch, there are so many different options out there. These gadgets can be really motivational, encouraging you to hit your step count every day and get your goal number of workouts in weekly.
9. Reward yourself
Once you’ve reached that goal of doing one bodyweight pull-up or doing three weekly spin classes for a month, give yourself a treat! Book a massage or a pedicure and really enjoy that me time – you’ve earned it!