Everybody makes a New Year’s resolution to do things like “get in shape” or “lose weight” and yet few if any stick this resolution. The gyms are packed with people in January and by the end of February there are only a handful of people inside. Why do so many people fail and how do you stick to your fitness resolutions? Let’s have a look at how this year can be your year.
Winter Weight Gain
During the latter part of the year most Americans gain weight, we overeat during the holidays and we are getting outside less. It is natural for our bodies to want to store fat for the winter that is how the human race survived. Food is no longer scarce and you don’t have to let it control you. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a bit during the holidays but moderation will help get through it.
Set Specific Goals
The first mistake many people make when it comes to New Year’s resolutions is setting goals that are too vague. Losing weight is admirable, but how much weight do you want to lose? Set a specific goal, especially when it comes to weight loss that makes it so much easier to track your progress. Most people quit their diets or exercise regimen come January because they haven’t seen any progress, with specific goals you know exactly where you stand and what you have to change. Here is some help with that.
Find an Activity You Like
The key to sticking with an exercise program is to find one that you like and are willing to do even on bad days. Some people prefer the calm of a yoga program and others prefer to vent their frustrations in a kick boxing program. Both are perfectly fine, the key is finding one you like that fits your lifestyle. I don’t particularly enjoy going to the gym and running on the treadmill, but I do love spinning classes. Don’t be afraid to mix it up either, try out a bunch of different classes, most will offer a complementary class to get you in the door.
Resolve to work out a couple of times a week rather that just deciding to “get in shape”. Three or four times a week is completely manageable and if working out at home suits your lifestyle better then don’t be afraid of that. Set manageable goals for yourself and you will have no problem smashing them!