Do you ever make grand plans for your fitness in January, only to be falling off the workout wagon come Feb? Sounds all too familiar. Whether your goal is to run your first half marathon, spend more time on nature, or simply take the stairs more often — you can achieve it! Here’s how to make fitness resolutions you’ll actually keep.
Working out with your bestie is way more fun than flying solo, but more importantly, also keeps you accountable. The key is to align yourself with buddies who share similar values. Alternatively, find activities that the whole family can do. This can be as simple as a walk around the block after dinner to help ease digestion and promote a deeper sleep, or scheduling a morning session where the kids can scoot or ride, while mum runs behind trying to catch up.
Shake it up
Walking everyday for 30 minutes but not seeing results? Changing up your workout regime not only prevents boredom, but keeps your fitness from plateauing. Shake up your routine a little: adding speed intervals, add new music to your playlist, invest in a personal trainer, or sign up for a cause, such as a charity race for challenging way to improve fitness. Change can help keep your workouts fun and interesting, giving you something to look forward to – and exactly what will keep you coming back for more.
Measuring your progress is a sure-fire ways to stay motivated when working towards a fitness goal. Wearable devices like Fitbit, Garman or Apple watch are smart and practical ways to collect daily health metrics and keep key health and fitness goals at the forefront of your mind. However, be aware that trackers tend to overestimate kilojoules burned from exercise. Translation? A hardcore workout does not give you a licence to eat whatever you want.
Stick to a schedule
The way you manage your time is key for accomplishing any goal, and fitness is no exception (mama’s especially take note). A.M exercise is a great way to fit a workout into a busy day, before the day gets the better of you and the kids start demanding your attention. But if the thought of getting out of bed early seems like a far cry, make your fitness routine work for you: Pick a time and treat it like a regular appointment. Repeat, repeat and repeat.
Once you have established a goal, don’t expect to achieve it flawlessly. While a few hiccoughs along the way are normal, just don’t use an “off day” as an excuse to berate yourself and throw in the sweaty towel. If taking time off means slightly tweaking your resolution, then so be it – just don’t give up.
This article originally appeared in Body and Soul and was republished with their permission.