5 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolution to Get Fit a Reality
January is the time when many make their New Year’s resolutions to get into better shape, or to exercise more, and so on. Sadly, many of these well-intended goals go amiss by February. So now that we’re more than halfway through the month of January, we’d like to offer some tips to keep you on track to accomplishing your fitness goals, long past February or even the end of winter.
Here are five ways to make your New Year’s resolution a reality:
- Stay on Target: If you made a New Year’s resolution after midnight on January 1st, you probably tried to get going as early as possible with your fitness plan. You might have joined a gym, or put together a workout regimen to do daily or a few times per week. Whatever you did, stick with it. You might need to adjust it slightly for realistic scheduling, but don’t cut it off entirely.
- Keep it Consistent: If you joined a gym, but you haven’t started using your membership yet, or if you put together a regimen, but you haven’t become regimen-ted in doing it, start! The key to making your resolution a reality is to take that step to making it a habit. Once you make exercise and fitness a regular part of your weekly or daily schedule, it will be much harder to just skip out on it, and you’ll be well on your way to realizing your goals.
- Gradual Diet Change: It’s virtually impossible to become more fit without a good diet in tandem with healthy, regular exercise. But it’s very difficult for many people to cut out junk food on command. Start slowly and work your way into a better diet by looking for more fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting down on sweets and high-calorie carbohydrates, etc. If it’s easier for you to accomplish, limit yourself to one indulgence per day, and then after a week or so, try to cut that out as well.
- Adjust as Needed: Unless you have been a professional nutritionist or trainer before, you probably won’t know the ideal workout or diet for what your body needs for better fitness. Consult professionals, do your research, and change your plan as needed to get the most out of your exercise. However, don’t let the consultations or research prevent you from starting now to work on your fitness goals.
- Find Support & Accountability: Some people can’t just rely on their own drive to get to the gym or yoga mat each time they plan to exercise, and even those who do could use some help. Find a friend to commit with you to an exercise regimen or gym visit, or seek out a professional trainer to help you achieve your goals with the most expert advice and skill. That accountability will go a long way to making your fitness resolutions a reality long into 2013.
Good luck with the achievement of your New Year’s resolutions!