Five Ways to Stay Consistent with Your Workouts After the New Year
Jan 15, 2020
Caught up in the “new year, new you” momentum? This time of year is when the gyms are packed, and everyone who hasn’t worked out in months is ready-to-go again. Are you one of those people who means well, but then falls off the wagon just a few months into the year? How do you turn your resolutions into a daily routine that becomes a habit you keep all year long? Here are five ways to stay consistent with your workouts well into the new year and beyond.
- Set smaller goals that are easy to achieve, and build up from there! Rather than committing to one hour per day right from the start, begin with something more manageable, such as 20 minutes per day, three times per week. As that becomes more comfortable, then add a day, and increase one or two of the days to 30 or 40 minutes. There is no reason to go from zero to 60, when slow and steady wins the race.
- Add variety! Try a new activity or workout every few weeks to change it up, and keep it fresh and fun! Jump into a new yoga class, explore interval training, or get outdoors for a hike. Do something different to stay consistent! The more you move your body in ways you enjoy, the more likely you are to stay committed to your goals.
- Get a workout partner! Find a friend with similar goals, and hold each other accountable. Even if you’re not always able to do the workout together, you can still motivate and encourage one another. Check in daily to stay committed, and inspire each other! Suggest workout ideas, and make a fun plan to get them done. You can do this in groups, as well!
- Keep a regular schedule! Strive to workout at the same time each day so it becomes more natural and automatic. Give yourself a day off of the schedule each week to rest, recover, and reassess your goals. Plan your workouts ahead of time so you know exactly what you’re doing each day. This helps with time management and creates a routine, while decreasing the chance for procrastination, since it is already part of your daily to-do list.
- Keep a journal of your workouts to see how far you’ve come! Note how you feel after each workout, especially the ones that were more challenging to do. Then on those days where you’re feeling a little less motivated, you can look back to inspire yourself to keep going. Usually the most difficult part of the workout is just getting out the door to do it! Find ways to stay inspired. And remember… you will always be happy you did it!!
Here’s to a healthy, fit 2020, where all your goals are met, and even exceeded! Incorporate the suggestions that resonate with you, and commit to stay inspired! Want a more personalized approach to nutrition, fitness and wellness? Schedule a free 30-minute discovery call! I would love to discuss your goals and help you reach the ultimate wellness you deserve!