Now that you have gained 10 lbs from all of the holiday food, it’s time to make that reoccurring resolution to get fit as fu**. According to multiple different sources ‘losing weight’ or ‘working out’ is the number one new years resolution. Well this year, how about actually keeping that resolution. Here are 6 things to think about while making your resolution to help you make it stick.
Let’s Keep it Real- Be realistic when you are making your resolution. Weather you are just starting out or your goal is to get stronger, making sure that you give yourself something that is actually attainable is the most important thing. For beginners, don’t compare yourself to the people who have been doing this shit for years, you are just setting yourself up for failure. And for veterans, you know your body better than anyone and you are most likely disciplined, so keeping with your goal will not really be the problem, but if you give yourself something that is not within your capacity, than you too are doing yourself a disservice.
Don’t Look for Instant Gratification- One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that they will see results right away. We live in a world of instant gratification, but when it comes to fitness, it is completely opposite. You have to work hard for your results, but they are delayed. If you are starting from the beginning, know that it takes 4 weeks for you to notice a change in how you feel, 6 weeks for you to notice a physical difference, and 8 weeks for others to notice. Two months can be a long time to wait, but if you stick with it, you will be more than pleased with your results.
Don’t Choose Something That You Don’t Like- If you are not a runner, don’t make running goals. If you want a high intensity workout, don’t choose yoga. There are many different forms of exercise for a reason. Not everyone is the same, and nobody likes to be forced to do something that they don’t like. So pick something that you think suits you and stick with that. If you don’t know what you would like, think about having your resolution be to try something new every couple weeks until you find something you like. This will give you some variety and it also keeps you from getting stuck in a long-term commitment to something. Most gyms, especially in the new year, give trial packages or discounts.
Talk About It Or Find A Buddy- Tell your friends and family what you are trying to do. If you don’t talk about it then you are more likely to quit if you think its too hard, or you ‘cant find time’. Better yet, have someone do it with you. Having a workout partner is one if the best motivators. You can support each other and having someone else with you will keep you from wanting to back out. A little competition never hurt anybody. You probably wont bail if you know that Rachel or Chris isn’t. Nobody likes to be the first one down, and certainly nobody likes to loose.
Stick To It And Track Your Progress- Experts say that it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit, and six months for it to become part of your personality. And like we said before, you are not going to see immediate results, but if you track your progress it will be easier for you to find small victories. It’s the era of selfies! Take a photo of yourself each week in the same clothes and after a few weeks you will be able to see small differences. (Just please don’t go overboard and post a photo to every social media outlet seven times a day. Nobody likes a gloater.)
Reward Yourself- Give yourself a reward when you have completed small goals. However, we do not recommend food rewards. This is not to say that you can’t eat what you like, but eating an entire chocolate cake because you actually worked out for a month will only negate all of your hard work. Instead, buy yourself some new workout clothes. Having a healthy diet is half of the battle, so keep your rewards on the non-edible side.
You owe it to yourself to have an active and healthy lifestyle. You only get one body, and making sure that you take care of it should always be your number one priority. Whether you are a fitness novice or a gym master, your new years resolution should always be to live a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully these few tips will help you to make this fitness resolution stick. Its 2014 people, time to get fit as fu**.