It’s a brand new year, so you know what that means!
Gym memberships are skyrocketing. The shops are out of dumbbells. There’s a nationwide shortage of leggings…
Many of us resolve to get fitter and lose weight around this time of year. It’s a good thing! It usually involves a commitment to exercising for a fleeting period before our collective motivation gradually fizzles out. You’re all dedicated at the start of your fitness regime but somewhere along the line, you throw in the towel. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right attitude, you can stay active for more than a few months (see: weeks) at a time!
Make getting fit fun
To keep you motivated, always do an activity that appeals to you! There’s no point focusing on exercises you don’t enjoy. You will begin to hate exercising and you may even feel stressed out. When you pick an activity you really like, you’re more likely to keep up with the exercise. It’s a no-brainer.
Get exercise equipment at home
Keep fit without leaving your home! You have a range of exercise equipment options, such as a stationary bike, fitness ball, and free weights. When you have the equipment right there in front of you, there is no excuse not to work out. You’ll be able to stay fit any time all year round.
Set specific goals
It’s good to have an end-game when you exercise. What are you training for? You should look to set realist goals to keep you on your toes. Also, work towards little challenges throughout the year. You don’t have to train for a marathon, but small goals will you give that extra motivation. Work towards a charity bike ride for a few months, then switch to trying to conquer your local swimming pool for a few months.
Get the family involved
Make a plan to do family exercise on a regular basis. Whether it’s going for a walk or playing frisbee at the park, you’ll be able to balance keeping fit and spending time with your family. You’ll be more invested in psychical activity if there are more people involved!
Look for incidental ways to keep active everyday
There are plenty of ways to keep active without even realising it. For example, cycle or walk to the local shops, rather than driving. You could buy a pedometer to measure the number of steps you take each day. Also, why not get stuck into household chores? Put some music on and burn those calories as you mop the floor and clean the bathroom!
Get a workout buddy
Working out with a friend is a great way to keep you on track, especially during the tough winter months. It also helps make exercise more sociable and fun! If none of your friends want to join you, try finding a club or group in your local area.
Staying active for the long haul is a challenge, but you can definitely achieve this by following these tips. Your lifestyle, budget, and availability will have an impact on how much exercise you can do. So, make a plan and set a schedule for your workouts. Prepare ahead and get inspired! Happy 2019!