2019 is well under way – but how are your fitness goals for this year holding up?
I thought I’d help and give you a few tips that may help you stick to your fitness goals.
Work out with a purpose
The best way to make your resolution a reality is by setting shorting and timely goals along the way. These smaller progress goals will help you in feeling like you are making progress. They will help keep you motivated and aware that you are in fact taking steps in the right direction. If you can achieve the small wins along the way, then completing your goal to the end won’t seem so difficult. For example, if your resolution is to exercise more this year, then first start small. Set a goal to work out 2 – 3 times a week for a month, then take on the next month as it comes.
Workout with a friend
Staying active is always easier with a workout partner who is there to help you keep motivated and vice versa. Studies have shown that people who work out with a partner have better chances of staying motivated and reaching their goals.
Have fun – mix it up
Change up your workouts so they don’t get old or boring. It is also important to change up your workouts to target different muscle groups and beat the “idle” phase of fat-burning that can occur when you don’t switch up your routine. If you are tired of the same old, try out a new fitness class or even try taking your family on a hike once a week to get a change of scenery.
Get enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep has a big impact on what’s happening inside your body as this is a crucial period when your body repairs itself. A poor night’s sleep has not only been shown to decrease speed, accuracy and reaction time during exercise, but can also lead to poor food choices and overeating due to a lack of leptin – the hormone which makes you feel satisfied after eating.
Make sure your goals are attainable
It’s important to be realistic about your goals. Be honest with yourself before-hand when you are deciding on your resolutions. If you aren’t setting a resolution that is realistic for you according to your life, schedule, career, social life, bodily limits, etc., then you will only find yourself frustrated and wanting to quit along the way.
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