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Health & Fitness New Year’s Goals

Keeping your New Year’s resolutions is important to all of us. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is better fitness, these are tips to become successful in 2023 with all your fitness goals.

  1. Setting realistic goals that take into account your current lifestyle. When you do that your New Year’s resolutions become more about adding value to your life, rather than taking you away from the things you need to do day-to-day.
  2. For example, deciding you are going to workout every day if you have three children probably isn’t doable. Likewise, if you work late shifts but aim to get up at 6 am for a morning run, it’s unlikely to be sustainable.
  3. You also shouldn’t be trying to go from zero-100 as soon as January hits. It’s much more important for you to start off slowly rather than diving in at the deep end. 
  4. Not only to maintain your New Year’s resolutions, but because you can cause more damage to your health if you push yourself too hard. 

Other Tips to Maintain Your Fitness Resolutions

  1. Set Small Targets – For example, you could aim to run 5k by the end of January or even March, then gradually increase that distance each month.
  2. Buddy Up – Exercising with a friend or loved one can make you less likely to give up as quickly. You can motivate each other.
  3. Reward Yourself – Resolutions shouldn’t be all about constantly pushing yourself or taking things out of your life that you enjoy in the name of fitness.
  4. Schedule In Rest Days – You may feel motivated to head to the gym daily at the start of the year, but it isn’t good for your body to be without rest. Not only can pushing yourself too hard lead to failure in your resolutions, but it can lead to burnout or other physical injuries.
  5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up – If you decide to stay in bed one morning instead of going to Pilates, there’s nothing wrong with that.
  6. Being Harsh on Yourself, Won’t Aid You in the Long Run – You have to be kind and understanding with yourself. Be your own cheerleader!
  7. Track Your Progress – You might do this with a written chart, or a fitness app. 
  8. Seeing How Far You’ve Come – Already can really spur you on to keep going in those moments when you feel despondent.
  9. Set Goals that are Important to You – If you are emotionally connected to your goals, you can be emotionally connected to the outcomes. 
  10. Be Invested – It can create a greater feeling of pride and achievement if you are genuinely invested in what you’re working towards, rather than simply doing what everyone else is doing.

How Can You Find Motivation to Exercise on Days When You Don’t Want To?

  1. It can create a greater feeling of pride and achievement if you are genuinely invested in what you’re working towards, rather than simply doing what everyone else is doing.
  2. Do you actually enjoy your workouts? If not, try something different. Having variety in your fitness regime is important for motivation, as well as ensuring your New Year’s resolutions are sustainable.
  3. If you are bored and exercising feels like a chore rather than an exciting new challenge, it’s unlikely you’ll stick with it. 
  4. Also ensure you are getting enough sleep and nourishing your body with food and water. You do want your body to crash
  5. It’s also important to remember that even the most motivated individuals have their off days.
  6. Everyone struggles with motivation in various aspects of life, even the fittest, healthiest people you know. 
  7. Don’t punish yourself for having a down day – it’s normal.
  8. When it comes to fitness, slow and steady wins the race. Consistency is key rather than diving in head-first, all guns blazing. 
  9. Don’t get impatient with yourself; just trust the process and imagine that feeling of pride burning in you when you reach the end of the year and can look back at all the things you’ve done that you weren’t able to 12 months ago.

Good luck on your New Year’s health goals! If you believe we can help you, please call us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you.