10 fitness tips to keep your routine going for the whole year
“New year, new me.” Same saying, different year.
Now, don’t get us wrong – it’s great to have that motivation every year, but what’s truly incredible is not giving up on it, and that’s where most people fail.
We want you to break that cycle and actually do it, so we’re giving you 10 easy and accurate tips to keep your workouts going throughout the whole year.
Monogamy is alive and well
Give yourself the best chance for fitness by using a personal trainer.
Sign yourself up to weird and wonderful classes – the only rule is to make sure you keep your fitness routine fun and fresh.
Friends with benefits
Everything’s better with friends.
Nothing’s more likely to make you stick to your goal than committing to a schedule with someone who’s depending on you.
And nobody wants to be that flaky friend, so you’ll be much more motivated.
Less is more
If you are planning to work out every single day of the week, forget it. It never works.
Start with once or twice a week. It’s a solid start and more than enough – you can taste the sweetness of success and add on more days later.
It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere
Don’t be afraid to eat cake – and by cake, we mean any sweet food.
As long as you control what you eat daily and cook most of your meals you’ll be alright.
This needs to be a lifestyle, not a life sentence – count the memories, not the calories.
Bin the scale
Forget the scale.
Don’t weigh yourself for the first month. Just go with the flow and relax.
That damn number will hardly change in the first few weeks anyway – so don’t let it frustrate you; it’s only normal.
Workout, drink your water and give it your best.
Find yourself a fitness challenge you can work towards.
It’s perfect. There’s a deadline, with the end in mind it’s so much easier to work out.
Plus you’ve paid, so there’s no backing out.
Try it before you fight it
If you don’t enjoy running the treadmill, don’t.
There are countless exercises and classes that you can and should try and, who knows, maybe even have fun with.
Find the two or three you really enjoy doing and become the best at it.
All gear, no idea
You might be clueless at working out, but fresh activewear really helps.
Humans are simple: pretty, new stuff excites us.
Activewear has been proven to make you feel more comfortable, confident and motivated to use it.
Remove, reduce, replace
This is a practical one.
Write out all the foods you think you eat in a standard week and identify the things you enjoy eating and want to keep.
Then consider all the food you eat out of convenience and habit, and decide to either remove, reduce (chocolate on Fridays, perhaps) or replace them.
Grilled chicken over KFC, for instance.
Be the tortoise, not the hare
The best things in life take time – body change is no different.
Patience and consistency are the keys to success. Don’t rush it, you’ll get there.
Slow and steady wins the race.