Making a New Year's resolution is a great way to make a positive change in your life. It could be reading more books, trading shopping sprees for more travel or our favorite, and unfortunately most common failed resolution, working out consistently.
If you're like most people, you'll find it challenging to commit to your New Year's resolution. In fact, according to U.S News" about 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February," so it's safe to say you are not the only one with this issue.
The older we get, the more difficult it becomes to break old eating habits and laziness. None of the less our overall health depends on clean eating and consistent exercise. Let's shed light on some fitness resolutions, in particular, let's discuss tips that will help us maintain our workout routine through the year.
1. Choose A Workout That You'll Enjoy
This sounds pretty obvious, but it is one of the main reasons why many people get tired of visiting the gym. Maybe you've seen an intense kickboxing class that's great for getting your body into shape, or perhaps you were impressed with the idea of flaunting your kickboxing skills on Instagram. Either way, the best routine will not do any good if it doesn't motivate you to stay consistent.
Remember when you were a kid and you were so excited to play dodgeball at recess? Outside activities didn't seem like exercise, only play time with your friends. You should have the same mindset as an adult, choose an activity you enjoy doing. Whether it be jogging, swimming, yoga or even pole dancing classes, get active today!
2. Make It A Habit
Don't just go to the gym because you saw Teyana Taylor's body in Kanye West's "Fade" video last night and now you're motivated. Starting a diet on impulse is the biggest mistake we tend to make on our journey to commitment. You have to make a weight loss plan that is easy to maintain. Make time to create your meal plan and your workouts so that this new routine can become a lifestyle.
From waking up an hour early for a workout session to making a trip to your local gym after work, make it a priority to get in your dose of fitness. Creating a "Workout Calendar" and posting it on the fridge could help as a reminder and motivation.
3. Find A Place To Workout - Convenience Is Key
If your gym is 45 minutes away, it gives you another reason to say "I'll just go tomorrow." No matter how equipped a gym may be, you must be realistic with yourself and find a gym with a short commute. Choose a facility that is 20 minutes or less away from your home or workplace- the closer, the better. If you're lucky, you may have a gym facility in your neighborhood or apartment building!
4. Get A Gym Buddy/ Accountability Partner
Choose an accountability partner to work out with on a weekly basis. Between you and your partner, schedule three days out the week that you all will meet to exercise. Choose a partner that has similar goals as you. While this alone won't keep you 100% on task, it will help encourage you to stay consistent.