The New Year is upon us, and we all know what that means. Now’s the time to step on that dreaded scale and start making your goals for the year. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be scary! In fact, we’ve come up with a few key tips so you can knock those goals right out of the water. Check them out below.
7 Tips for New Year’s Fitness Resolutions
1. Make feasible goals
This one may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s the most important if you want to stick to your goals. If you currently don’t work out, don’t make your goal to go to the gym every single day. Instead, make your goal to be active every day. Maybe that means taking the stairs, parking further away or taking a work break to do some pushups. Whatever it is, make it a goal you can accomplish and work up from there.
3. Pick something you enjoy
If you’ve always hated running, don’t set your goal to run a half marathon. It won’t be fun, trust us.
Instead, try out something you’re interested in. Try out a yoga class, pick up boxing or even martial arts. You won’t stick to it if you hate it, so don’t forget to try something new!
4. Be accountable to something or someone
It’s always easier to force yourself when you create accountability. Whether it’s a friend, a *cough cough* personal trainer or an online fitness app such as MyFitnessPal, tracking your activity and foods you eat will help you stay more active and healthy.
5. Share your success!
We know, this one probably sounds scary. After getting all that Facebook/Instagram feed cluttered with gym and food selfies, you may be thinking you’ll never be “that person.” But assuming you don’t go too crazy, sharing your accomplishments on social media is a great way to get some encouragement and stay motivated. Did you lift more than you thought you could? Share it! Finally mastered that crazy yoga pose? Lost weight? Share!
Plus, it will always be great to go back and be able to see how much you’ve improved.
6. Set rewards to look forward to
After you’ve shared your progress, don’t forget to reward yourself! After all, you’ve worked hard and deserve it! Maybe enjoy a yummy treat, buy something small or even just have a relaxing day to yourself. Whatever it is, be sure to make it something that motivates you to accomplish your tasks.
7. Make resolutions to better your health–not your image
This is always an important thing to remember. When you create your goals, do it in the spirit of bettering yourself, not your image. Don’t lose weight to look prettier or feel better about yourself. Rather, choose to take care of your body and be the healthiest you that you can be.