5 Tips to Keep Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions on Track
Since 2015 is still young, we can't forget to provide you with our annual tips to help get the most out of your New Year's fitness resolutions.
If you're like most of us, you may have already slacked off on your fitness resolutions. Don't panic! It's only January, after all.
Resolutions are tough -- that's why they're called resolutions in the first place. Making a pledge to break a habit, form a new one or to simply promote motivation is hard. However, there's a reason you made the resolutions you did, so when you find yourself losing hope and slipping into old habits, it helps to think back to the reasons why you made these goals.
Follow these four tips to help you get back on track with your resolutions:
1. Make a date: Did you know that only 8% of people who make New Years' resolutions actually keep them? This year, you can beat the odds by booking your workouts through i.d. gym's MINDBODY Connect app. With easy-to-find class schedules, seamless mobile booking, automated calendar reminders and instant check-in, our MINDBODY Connect app makes it easier for you to stick to your routine.
2. Reassess your goals: Sometimes, our goals are just too out of reach, so we need to recalibrate what we originally set out to achieve. For example, instead of making your goal to run a marathon, make weekly goals to add a mile a week to your daily run. By focusing on smaller, attainable goals, you'll ultimately be able to reach the big one in time.
3. Reward your achievements: When you reach each goal, be sure to treat yourself. When you finally fit into that new dress, it's OK to have a doughnut on a Friday as a treat for the progress you made. Make deals with yourself to keep up your motivation, and think about the reward, both physically and possibly materially you'll get after reaching a milestone.
4. Enlist a workout buddy: Sometimes the best way to stay motivated is by having someone share your goals. You're less likely to give up when you have a friend working out with you. Just make sure your buddy is helpful -- and not more of a bad influence. Burn calories, socialize and spend time with a friend. Nothing can beat that!
5. Be positive!: We often un-motivate ourselves through negative thinking. When I'm running and start thinking, "there's no way I can possibly finish my run today," my workout is often far below par. Don't beat yourself down during a workout, or even before or after, for that matter. Focus on what you want to achieve, and realize it won't happen over night, but through hard work it will. You can do this, so don't forget to remind yourself of that.