|The new year simply feels fresh: new energy, new opportunities, and a fresh perspective. It's a chance to kickstart a new beginning and bring about desired changes, especially related to your fitness journey. Ever wondered why we come up with a long list of resolutions during this time, half of which is stressful and unrealistic? Don't want the same to happen again this year? Let these strategies help you then.
Setting the bar too high can be overwhelming and even demoralizing, so it's crucial to start with manageable goals. Create goals that are SMART- specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Before you set a goal, make sure you completely understand it. First New Year's resolution is to "go to the gym for two hours every day" if you have never worked out a day in your life, might be incredibly unlikely and unrealistic. Zero in on the purpose of your fitness journey through this checklist.
Get up and Get going
Now that you have a roadmap down in front of you, it's still a long way till you start making a conscious effort to get up and move your body. Strategically forcing yourself into motion is one of the most effective ways to trick yourself into developing a habit. For example, get a workout buddy along to motivate you, lay out your workout clothes in a place where you can see them and remind yourself to get going, and so on. It's important to get hold of your "why" and use it as motivation. Leave yourself no room for excuses!
Lose it along the way
Changing bad habits gradually is more enduring than giving up everything all at once, and it will also help you maintain a more stable mood. When exercising self-control, try to do so without feeling deprived. For a balanced life, you can even gladly trade out different indulgences each month.
Treat yourself often
Rewarding your wins, whether small or big, will lead you to appreciate the goal you’re after- getting fit. It will make your fitness journey fun and motivate you further. It will take time for you to establish new habits, so be patient with yourself.