The New Year’s resolution can be a great chance to start over. If you’re ready to make some positive health and fitness changes, we want to help you achieve them! Here are a few tips to help you achieve your New Year’s fitness goals.
Build up to the changes.
The downfall of many health and fitness goals is implementing changes too rapidly. Breaking or building habits takes time. Once you decide you want to make a change, start small, and start as soon as possible. You can even start to make some changes before the new year. The most effective resolutions involve a little bit of planning. Do whatever you have to do to build up for your goals. This can mean making sure your gym membership is set up or getting together materials to make healthy meals.
Make one change at a time.
If you’ve thought of a lot of healthy improvements you’d like to make, we think that’s great! To make these changes most effective, try tackling one challenge at a time. For instance, if you’re going to exercise AND diet, start one change at the beginning of a week and the other the following week. Research has proven that making too many changes at once can oftentimes make goals harder to achieve.
Set realistic goals.
Another way to maximize your New Year’s fitness goals is to define your goals realistically. The end goal might be to lose 50 pounds, but when the going gets tough, it’s common to start to think the goal is insurmountable. The best way to avoid giving up is to break up your goals into sections. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds, start with a goal to lose 10 pounds in two months. Plan more goals as you complete each step.
Find ways to stay positive.
It has been proven time and again that positivity goes a long way in fitness. This is especially important when you’re trying to form good habits. Identify things that increase your morale and use them to your advantage. Some people like to laugh by listening to comedy, jam out to some music, or read a good book. Whatever activities bring you joy, try to do them as often as possible when you’re forming new habits. Your brain will associate the happiness with the changes, and you’ll have extra motivation to keep going.
Making positive health and fitness changes is no easy task, but you can do anything you set your mind to! Just remember to work toward your New Year’s fitness goals by building up to your changes, setting realistic goals, and staying positive!
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