4 Easy Tips To Stick With Your New Year's Fitness Resolution
While most people are enjoying holiday goodies from family get-togethers, gift exchanges, and company holiday parties, the thought of New Year’s resolutions is spiraling in the back of our head. We’ve all told our self the same little lie. “This is the year I get back in shape.”
Between work, life, the side hustle and working out it's hard to stay on track. 80% of those who joined a gym in January quit within five months. Let’s look at some steps that will help you ease into your New Year’s resolution and make sure you stick with it.
1. Find A Fitness Community
Working out alone sucks. It’s difficult to stay motivated when you have no one to hold you accountable. Next thing you know you're stuck on the couch letting your expensive gym membership go to waste. Finding a community that motivates you to workout is a fun and enticing way to stay on track and keep you accountable to one another. Group fitness classes are for example a great way to connect with others in the community while getting a sweat in.
2. Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet
This may seem pretty obvious but having a healthy diet will do wonders for your mental and physical health. Don't feel to need to make a complete 180 on the first day. Start by making simple adjustments to your eating habits and cutting out foods that aren’t beneficial to your health. You’ll be doing yourself a favor in cleaning out some toxins that could be holding you back.
3. Make it a Habit to Get a Full Night’s Rest
Poor sleeping habits are strongly related to weight gain. Not allowing your body to get the right amount of sleep that it needs will disrupt your daily fluctuations of appetite hormones which means that your body will have a harder time regulating your appetite. This can lead to overeating and malnourishment. Most people who don’t receive a full night’s rest experience fatigue during the day and have a clouded mind. Although getting a full night’s rest seems like it’s something that can’t be done due to a demanding job, it can be done with discipline, even it that means that you have to start your days earlier.
4. Find More Ways To MOVE
If you’re working a desk job, then you know the struggle of incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine. There are some simple changes that can help you get your blood pumping during the day at work.
1. Take the stairs.
Stair climbing is an inexpensive way to help tone your muscles, burn fat, and strengthen your heart. The great thing about stairs is that it is low impact on your knees in comparison to running. Climbing the stairs to get to your office instead of the elevator can help you burn off a few pounds and build your stamina before embarking on your New Year’s resolution.
2. Park at the end of the parking lot.
This is something that you can easily incorporate into your life whether it be at the movies, a restaurant, work, the store, etc. The more time that you spend walking, the more oxygen that is getting sent to your muscles. Walking can help tone your body and lose fat around your hips.
3. Take the bus and walk to work.
A great way to add more steps into your daily routine is by forcing yourself to walk. The time spent walking to the bus stop and then walking to your job and back home will give you more steps than you had before. You’re also helping reduce pollution and the earth’s carbon footprint, so you’re doing the world a favor by taking the bus.