10 Tips to help you stick to your fitness resolutions
Did you know January 17th is Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day? I didn’t either, so I did a little research. Every year many of us make resolutions, but sadly, a fortnight into it, we often realize that our resolutions were unreasonable and unrealistic and so we give up on them.
And that is absolutely fine! I actually want you to ditch your New Year’s Resolutions! I want you to free yourself from horrible diets and torturous exercise regimes, and have another glass of wine!
Confused? Well, don’t be. I want you to make real strides, all year long to make change happen, by making real, sustainable, lifestyle changes. We need to start by reevaluating our life as a whole, and find real and meaningful reasons to change, like being present for your family and friends, not just because it’s a New Year.
Here are 10 tips to help you make real, sustainable changes that will get you better results in 2020:
1. Get rid of the “all or nothing” school of thought
Instead of making excuses about your busy schedule, pencil in your workouts, just like an important meeting. You don’t need an hour. You can get an amazing workout in 20-30 minutes that is just as effective as a 60-minute workout.
2. Set goals
It’s important to have measurable goals. Whether it be to lose 10 pounds for an upcoming event or participating in a charity walk or 5K, setting a goal will give you to work for.
3. It doesn’t always have to be serious
Go for a long walk or bike ride with the kids on the weekend, play a game to frisbee, basketball or soccer. Find something active you can do together.
4. Start out slow
Many people give up several weeks after they start because they make a plan to go to the gym daily and spend an hour or more there. Then, when life gets complicated and they can’t go regularly, they give up and it all goes down the drain. Start slow. Try a 30-minute workout at home. Find something you like and can stick to at least 5 times a week.
5. Reward yourself when you reach a goal
Once you reach one of your goals, reward yourself with a new workout outfit or a massage. Don’t reward yourself with food!.
6. Be accountable
It can be your significant other, a friend or sibling, a coach (like me!) or a challenge group (join my monthly groups!) to keep you accountable and motivate you on this journey. Better yet, when you can, exercise together!
7. Sleep more
It may not seem like a fitness goal, but it is! Get more sleep! Try to get at least 7- 8 hours a night!
8. Strength train + cardio = perfect combo
So many people focus on just cardio and forget about the benefits of strength training and vice versa. There are hundreds of workouts and programs that combine both cardio and strength training to provide the total solution and that you can do at home so there are no excuses.
9. Be patient with yourself
It will happen, you will miss a workout. But don’t let that ruin everything you’ve been doing. Move on. Progress takes time. Be patient and trust that you’ll get there if you stick to it.
10. Track your workouts and nutrition
Keep a fitness journal with you and write down your workouts and progress, meals, even how many hours you sleep! Or, if you prefer, use a fitness tracker, an Apple Watch or an App on your phone. This will make you more likely to stick with your goal and it’ll show you just how far you’ve come.
It’s important to realize that sometimes our New Year’s Resolutions are just silly, limiting, or depressing. Get out there and start living your life and if you aren’t genuinely satisfied with where you are, change it for that reason, and not because a new calendar has flipped over!