Select Page

5 Tips to Achieve Your New Year’s Fitness Goals

5 Tips to Achieve Your New Year’s Fitness Goals

It’s that time of year again…time to focus on your New Year’s resolutions.

Many people begin an exercise program, but abandon it before Easter. However, you can increase your chances for long-term success if you follow these five simple tips to achieve your fitness goals.

Determine Your Readiness

Make sure you’re both physically and mentally ready to start an exercise program. Tell your doctor you want to begin a fitness regimen and you want to make sure you’re healthy enough to start. Once you have been physically cleared to proceed, consider your mental readiness. How likely are you to stick with an exercise program once you begin? While there are many factors to consider, three are most significant.

You are more likely to succeed if you:

  • Have confidence in your exercise ability.
  • Receive encouragement and support from those closest to you.
  • Participate in an enjoyable form of exercise.

Create a Plan

Before you start your exercise program, answer three questions. First, when will you exercise? Identify three days and times that are convenient for you and stick with those days so you are working out at the same time each week.  Second, what type of exercise will you do? The best type of exercise is one you enjoy. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing; pick an exercise that works for you. Choose from activities such as walking, cycling, running, swimming, weightlifting, skating, dancing, golf, handball, tennis and basketball. Third, how much time will you spend exercising? Start with as little as 10 minutes per session and slowly build up to at least 30 minutes per workout.

Bring a Friend

You may know someone who resolved to start exercising in the New Year. Begin your fitness journey together. It will increase your chances for success and you’ll have more fun. For this to work, you have to find an exercise that both of you enjoy. This might be a challenge, but it’s worth it since an exercise partner provides you with a support system, a positive social experience and inspiration. There will be times when you don’t feel like working out and a partner can be just the motivation you need to get going.

Take It Easy

Think of your resolution as a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You are much more likely to be successful if you take it easy at the beginning. For instance, you may see people exercising at a very high intensity, but you should start with low-to-moderate intensity workouts. You may know people who train six days a week, but it’s fine to start with three. You may see people engage in a diverse array of physical activities, but a 15-minute walk three days a week is a great place to begin.

Be Realistic

One of the biggest problems with New Year’s resolutions is they can be extremely impractical. Setting goals is a great idea, but make sure they are realistic and feasible. For example, a goal to lose 12 lbs by Easter is both reasonable and achievable. So is a goal to complete a 5K run by tax day. Conversely, a goal to complete a marathon by that date is unrealistic and potentially unsafe for newbie runners. Think of it as if you were building a house. Start slow (i.e., low intensity and duration), develop a solid foundation of fitness and then build upon that foundation as your fitness improves.

SOURCE

About The Author

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Upcoming Events

Apr
22
Sun
12:00 pm Bosco’s BBQ, Beer and Bikini Bik... @ Boscos Lounge
Bosco’s BBQ, Beer and Bikini Bik... @ Boscos Lounge
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Bosco's BBQ, Beer and Bikini Bike Wash @ Boscos Lounge | Amarillo | Texas | United States
Bosco’s BBQ Beer & Bikini Bike Wash! 🍖🍻👙🏍 Come out and join us April 22nd from noon until the last person leaves for a great time and some great BBQ! We will have multiple styles[...]
12:00 pm Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of The Southwest High Plains Exhibit @ Armstrong County Museum | Claude | Texas | United States
Photographic Exhibit featuring the art of Jim Livingston revealing the Southwest High Plains of the Texas Panhandle.
Apr
23
Mon
12:00 pm Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of The Southwest High Plains Exhibit @ Armstrong County Museum | Claude | Texas | United States
Photographic Exhibit featuring the art of Jim Livingston revealing the Southwest High Plains of the Texas Panhandle.
Apr
24
Tue
12:00 pm Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of The Southwest High Plains Exhibit @ Armstrong County Museum | Claude | Texas | United States
Photographic Exhibit featuring the art of Jim Livingston revealing the Southwest High Plains of the Texas Panhandle.
7:00 pm Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit in... @ Amarillo Civic Center
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit in... @ Amarillo Civic Center
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit in Amarillo @ Amarillo Civic Center | Amarillo | Texas | United States
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with Special Guest Richard Thompson April 24, 2018 8:00 pm Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium Entrance #12
Apr
25
Wed
12:00 pm Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of... @ Armstrong County Museum
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jim Livingston Expanse Photos of The Southwest High Plains Exhibit @ Armstrong County Museum | Claude | Texas | United States
Photographic Exhibit featuring the art of Jim Livingston revealing the Southwest High Plains of the Texas Panhandle.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Advertisement

ADVERTISEMENT

Subscribe To Our 806Unhinged.com Newsletter

Subscribe To Our 806Unhinged.com Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from 806Unhinged.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This