How To Commit To Your 2015 Fitness Routine
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Every year, we always seem to have that New Year’s Resolution, you know the old, “I’m going to get into shape this year”. But many times, there will be something that comes up and throws a wrench into the works. This might leave you maybe two months into the year and you’ll probably stop “committing” for those fitness goals you set in your mind at the very beginning of the year. If you’re looking for ways to keep up with a fitness routine, or just wanting some planned method to get back on track, here are some ways to do it:
Measure it and write it. If you write down the goals you want to accomplish, it’s much easier to keep at it. So don’t say “I want to get into shape.” Instead, be more specific like, “I want to lose 15 pounds this year.” This gives you a goal that you can see and measure along the way, and often one that you will stick to, until you’ve reached it.
Make it a manageable goal. For many people, they like to set their sights high and there is nothing wrong with that, except in this case. Because setting a goal that you may never be able to reach will only have you quitting. So make it a goal that is within reason, and one that is manageable as well.
Set long and short term goals. This works great if you have a larger amount of weight to lose, or something else that may sound unmanageable when stated as one number. So if you are hoping to lose 100 pounds, break that down into 12 months and you have a smaller goal, and one that won’t seem so daunting and out of reach. So instead of 100 pounds, you are trying to lose 8 to 9 pounds each month.
Celebrate the small victories. So you’ve made it a few months and each month you have reached your goals -- celebrate that victory. In this case, not by splurging and putting all the weight back on but maybe a nice little, healthy dessert. Or you can go out and buy a new outfit!
Question the motives to why you are doing this. Are you only losing weight to please others in your life? Maybe this is the case, and you are lacking an inner need to feel better. Instead, look at the extra energy you have, the better health overall, and the other benefits to having this fitness goal as one you want to reach.
Get professional help. Perhaps, you don’t have the motivation that is needed at one point or another to continue. Think of hiring a personal trainer, they are fantastic at motivating a person who is looking to reach a goal. Plus, they may be able to give you more tips than what you already know. You will not only reach your fitness goals sooner, but you’ll be able to go beyond it, too.
Keep it interesting. Doing the same type of exercise everyday can become monotonous and boring, leaving you to stop before you even reach one fitness goal. So mix it up, try different things, and don’t always go to the gym. Try going for a bike ride, or something located in the outdoors so that your mind is not becoming so used to one thing that you end up losing interest.
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