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Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Every January comes with a sense of renewal for many people. A common theme amongst individuals is to create a resolution involving things they would like to change or achieve in the coming 365 days. Everywhere you turn, people are discussing how to stick to […]

How to Stick to Your Fitness Goals this Year

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 Everywhere you turn, people are discussing how to stick to their fitness goals.
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Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Every January comes with a sense of renewal for many people. A common theme amongst individuals is to create a resolution involving things they would like to change or achieve in the coming 365 days. Everywhere you turn, people are discussing how to stick to their fitness goals.

One of the more prevalent resolutions involves fitness. Whether to improve overall physical appearance, get healthier, or get stronger, many people base their resolutions around some facet of physical fitness.

Unfortunately, the majority of New Year’s resolutions fail. The fiery motivation felt in late December to mid-January begins to wane, and by February, people find themselves at the same place they were the year before.

Fitness goals are notoriously prone to not being fulfilled. If you’ve ever spent much time in a gym, you might be familiar with the routine. For the entire month of January, there is often a line at every piece of equipment in the building. The local fitness facility begins to resemble a nightclub.

Advertisements flood the media with discount gym membership rates, dietary supplements, and all sorts of shiny new pieces of equipment promising to transform your body in a short amount of time.

To help you steer clear of the on and off cycle, we will break down a few tips that will hopefully push you to follow through with your fitness goals for the New Year. If you can set yourself apart from the statistics, you will undoubtedly thank yourself next December when you revel in your progress while others start the typical “maybe next year” routine!

Keep Things Simple

When embarking on a new fitness journey, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Contemplating which workout to start, foods to eat, even the outfit to wear to the gym can get in the way of your overall goal. Fitness, like any new habit or routine, is best kept simple.

The best workout routine is the one you will stick to, period. Similarly, your nutrition should not be rocket science. You know what foods are good for you and what is junk. While it’s true that certain dietary adjustments should be made based on your situation, the most significant determining factor of your fitness success is consistency.

Set Reasonable Goals

The media does a remarkable job of making drastic body transformations seem like an overnight process. We are bombarded with images and television commercials promising that if you buy their equipment or take a particular supplement, you will look identical to the models used to promote these products.

Even more comical are the timeframes reported by these advertisements. How many times have you heard, “In just 15 minutes per day, three times per week, you will finally have those six-pack abs?” We know this information is nonsense, but it can decrease your motivation if you don’t see results as fast as these commercials claim you will.

It’s crucial to remember that fitness is about the long game. As you begin your journey, remind yourself that you WILL see progress, it just doesn’t happen overnight. Therefore, instead of planning on going to the gym seven days per week and eating nothing but rice and chicken from a Tupperware container (we know this might be easy for some), but for the rest of us, it’s necessary to set goals that you can truly stick with.

Start small, like holding yourself accountable to 3 workouts per week and avoiding your favorite late-night junk food.

Develop A Strong “Why”

As we have already discussed, fitness is about consistency. Remember this, the incredible sense of motivation and enthusiasm you feel at the start will come and go. If your only goal to work out is to “look better,” there are going to be a lot of days in which that isn’t enough.

If you want to stick to your fitness goals this year, you’ll need to develop a reason why that is strong enough to stick it out when the motivation cools off. Those days will come when it feels better to just cozy up on the couch and skip your workout. Your why will be that extra push that gets you up and putting on your sneaks.
Your “why” has to be unique to you. Find whatever that is and use it to push through the hard days.

Going into this journey in a realistic but challenging way is vital. You are capable of much more than you realize. Those small wins will build your confidence and your resolve. Find an accountability partner to help motivate you. Give yourself non-food-related rewards when you hit your goal.

Whatever you decide to do, be aware of the odds we talked about and develop a game plan for yourself. You’ll feel super accomplished by the end of the year. You can do this, and you will.

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