Tips for the New Year Fitness Resolution
By Genevieve Cunningham
Having worked in a gym for years, I’m all too familiar with the beginning-of-the-year rush. You’ll never find a gym busier than right after the new year. People want to burn off the holiday weight or they’ve made resolutions to get in the best shape of their life. While these goals are nice in theory, when February rolls around, the gym is generally back to its normal numbers. So how can you set up your new year fitness resolution for success this time? Take a look at these tips that might help you beat the stereotype and make your fitness a long-term lifestyle change that sticks.
Make Specific Goals
We often approach the new year with very broad goals. I want to lose weight. I want to be skinny. I want to look good in my swimsuit. While these are admirable goals, they aren’t specific enough to get the job done. Before you hit the gym in January, make very specific goals. They might sound something like: I want to lose five pounds by Valentine’s Day. Or I want to focus on running a mile without stopping. These goals are attainable, and when we hit small successes along the way, it’s much more likely that the long-term success will set in and stick around.
Hire a Trainer Today
Don’t wait until January. If you know that fitness is one of your goals for next year, go ahead and hire a professional right now. You’ll have a jump start on everyone else hitting the gym in a few weeks. And this also makes it more serious. Everyone takes up resolutions, but not everyone is serious enough to begin before Christmas. If you want a resolution that really works, don’t set a time limit … just start now.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Guess what … you’re going to hit this goal on the ground running. You’re going to attack it like you’ve never attacked anything before. At least for a few weeks. But pretty soon, life will happen. You’ll get stuck at work and miss the gym. You’ll get a cold and not feel like going. When this happens, just remember that it’s not the end of the world. The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is whether or not you allow those small mishaps to happen or you let it completely derail you. Choose the first. Let them happen, and then get back up and keep going.
Getting in shape for the new year is an excellent goal! It’s certainly worthy of undertaking, and it will bring massive benefits to your life. But don’t let the typical resolution patterns follow you. Use these tips to make your resolution a real lifestyle change, and next year you’ll be able to put a whole new goal to use in the new year.
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