I always find the beginning of the year to be so inspiring. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life around the holidays, and we often find ourselves neglecting our health (and sanity!). To me, when January rolls around it feels like an opportunity to shed the old bad habits of the previous year and return the focus to taking care of myself again. Staying on top of your fitness is just as important as eating healthy, and not to mention it’s hands down the best way to relieve stress.
While it’s easy to set New Years resolutions to get fit, it can be terribly hard to keep it up after a few months, so I rounded up my tips for staying motivated throughout the year. Check out the video I made below for some fitness inspiration, and click to shop some of my fave workout gear!
How To Stay Motivated:
1) Outline what your goals are: Do you want to lose weight, tone up, or train for a marathon? Perhaps you want to master a new style of exercise, like yoga or boxing? Deciding what you want to accomplish physically in the next year is the foundation of your plan.
2) Set a deadline: This step is very important, as we can tend to procrastinate or get lazy when we don’t give ourselves a strict timeline for accomplishing our goals. By what date do you want to have started on your new routine? How many pounds do you want to lose in the next 6 months? Decide your start and end date.
3) Enlist a workout buddy: I find having someone to be accountable to and who has the same goals as myself to be extremely motivating. Not to mention being able to complain to each other when the going gets rough! If you don’t have someone in your life to join you on your fitness journey, there are plenty of online support communities such as The Daily Strength and Spark People, where you can connect with others who are trying to get healthy.
4) Give yourself a break: It’s not realistic to think that you’re going to be perfect all year long. Life happens – birthday parties, vacations, or even stressful life events can deter you from your goal at times. The trick is to give yourself a break every so often, and don’t be so hard on yourself if you slip up – just don’t let it go overboard and get back on track as soon as possible.
5) Try something new: Adding some fun to your workout regimen can really help you to stay mentally strong. If you get bored it’s that much easier to give up, so take a fun dance class, or join a group bootcamp – you might even meet some workout buddies!