‘This is the year I’m going to make a change’ …we’ve all been there. After enjoying tasty treats over the festive season, many take the new year as an opportunity to focus on their health and fitness. Some join a gym, purchase celebrity fitness DVDs or join a new sports team. But how many of us set new year’s resolutions, but forget them by February? We have some helpful tips to help you focus on your fitness goals through the year.
Does a gym full of fitness fanatics sound like an absolute nightmare to you? Simply start with smaller steps. Think about any bad habits you would like to break, even just swapping that cheeky chocolate bar for a piece of fruit. By making these small changes first, you can gain the confidence to face your workout.
Let’s set something straight from the start – no one can get a six pack in a week! Our lives are saturated with images of photoshopped bodies, which can give people unrealistic goals in relation to their fitness. Rather than comparing yourself to others, go deeper into thinking about why you want to change your regular routine. If you set unrealistic goals, you will feel like giving up very early on, maybe not even making it past one month. You know yourself better than anyone, so you can set your own goals to work towards at your own pace.
Make a plan
Now you have your goals – it’s time to get planning. One of the reasons people fail to achieve their fitness goals is because they attempt to do too much at once. Set a schedule to see how your new activity will fit around your work and social life. Research timetables for your local gym or see when a sports team regularly train to see what you would prefer.
Get the right support
Maintaining your fitness routine is much easier to do when you have the right support around you. Not feeling up to going to the gym on your own? Find a friend to join the gym with you. By having someone with you in the gym you will be less likely to cancel your plans last minute, and it can also help to push you to go further. As well as your friends, use the expertise of the fitness staff in your gym as much as possible. If you do not know where to start, they can do an initial assessment of your fitness early on and help you to achieve your fitness goals.
You’ve identified what you want to change, you’ve got your plan – but do you really know what you’re made of? Keeping track of smaller changes can keep you motivated through your fitness journey. Don’t want to keep writing your weight down? Choose a body analyser scale that can connect your smartphone and save the pen and paper!
Everyone is different, and making a change in your regular routine can take some getting used to. Go at your own pace, and most importantly – Have fun!