Many of the new faces that we are seeing around the studio are people who have made resolutions to get fit, be healthier and stay active. To those people, congrats you made the best choice you can make by coming to classes at S.W.E.A.T. fitness studio. That is definitely a step you should be proud of.
As we all know, resolutions are hard to stick with. Our busy lives get in the way. You know the old “to do list”: the kids need to be picked up and fed, your paperwork is stacking up as well as the laundry, etc. It’s hard not to let the “to-do”s get in the way of doing something for you.
There are a few ways you can make your fitness resolutions stick.
Schedule your workouts
For years I would go to the gym or exercise if I had time. The problem is, when exercising is at the bottom of your priority list, you always find something else to do. When I first started coming to S.W.E.A.T., I looked at the schedule and realized I would have go to class straight from work several days a week. That was not an easy pill to swallow. But if I didn’t go right after work, I missed all the classes I wanted to try so I started bringing my gym clothes to work with me. Fit your workouts into your daily schedule. With lives as busy as ours, there really is no other way.
Your resolution should be realistic
Think about your resolution. Is it something that you can actually accomplish and be accountable for? Promising yourself you will drop 100 lbs this year is not a realistic goal. Promising yourself you will go to class four days a week and try classes you thought you couldn’t do is a realistic goal. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting the bar to high. If you reach your resolution goal by June, make another one. You don’t need a new year to challenge yourself.
Create and actively follow a plan
The best ideas always turn into accomplishments by following a plan. If you sit behind your computer screen looking up the latest and greatest exercise plans and diets, you won’t reach your goal (unless your goal is to become an expert at designing workout plans 😉 .) Create your plan and then get out there and execute it. If you need motivation, look to your fellow S.W.E.A.T. members. There is always someone with a motivating story to share.
Set short term goals and reward yourself for reaching them
Many people will quit a New Year’s resolution because they fail to look back at all that they have accomplished since then. Set a short term goal like “I will attend two cardio classes and two weight training classes this week.” If you’re consistently achieving your short-term goals then don’t be afraid to treat yourself to some entertainment, clothes, food, or whatever. Just remember that “rewarding yourself” doesn’t translate as “eat everything in sight”; don’t go overboard, just something small will suffice (and it doesn’t have to be food either).
Hopefully these tips will help you or a friend stick with your resolution goals. Remember, one of the most important things is to make sure you are trying to achieve these goals for yourself.
Ideas for this story came from muscleandstrength.com
And as always, get moving, get motivated and get to class! You won’t regret it!