Fitness, Lifestyle

Fitness New Years Resolution: How To Make It Past January

Motivation

It’s a new year.  Time for things to change. Fitness is a common subject during the time of year.  People are hoping to lose a few pounds and build some muscle.  New Years Fitness goals have begun to be something of a joke.  Everyone starts going to the gym in January.  And then you never see them again.  When it comes to working out, it’s important to stay motivated.  Once the talk of new year goals end.  It’s easy to stop working out.

Going to the gym is not just a new activity. But it creates a new lifestyle.  It’s not always easy to stick with a schedule and a plan.  With that said, create a workout schedule that you will stick to. Choose the time of day that you prefer to workout. Morning or Evening.  Keep this consistent throughout the week.  All you need is one hour, three to four times a week.  I’m currently going to the gym six times a week right after work. Three days of strength training. Two days of cardio and one day of yoga.  The seventh day is my rest day. This helps me be consistent and accountable for my workouts.  I feel bad about skipping a workout, so I don’t.  

Tip: If you want to workout near meal times, make sure to bring snacks.  I never want to workout if I’m hungry.

 Tip: Keep a packed bag in your vehicle or at work to motivate you to go.  Set out your workout clothes in the morning.  If it’s a cute outfit that helps even more!  

If you have any friends who are also interested in going to the gym, it could be a great way to motivate you both to go to the gym.  Try to find someone who has similar goals and motivation as you.  It can be even more helpful when you can push each other to do better.  Just don’t compare yourselves to anyone. Not to each other, other gym members or friends.  We are all different.  We lose weight differently.  Be happy with your own accomplishments.

I love to use Pinterest as a source of motivation and workouts.  I pin a lot of pictures of how I want to look, quotes, and full workouts.  It reminds me of some great exercises that I can do to change things up at the gym.  I don’t get bored. Here’s my Fitness Pinterest Page.

Effort

We all know that looking like a supermodel a lot of time and effort. We all go to the gym to see results.  But, it’s important to realize that these accomplishments are not always visible early on.  If you are carrying a lot of extra weight; it will be much easier and quicker to see drastic results compared to those who are trying to lose that extra ten pounds.  Don’t get discouraged if the scale says something that you don’t like.  Remember, muscle weights more than fat. So, the scale might go up if you are building muscle. That’s a good thing.  I’m currently trying to build around 5 lbs of muscle.  Therefore I should be 5 lbs heavier than I am now. 

Keep focusing on your own goals.  Try to find someone who has similar goals and motivation as you.  It can be even more helpful when you can push each other to do better.  Just don’t compare yourselves to anyone. Not to each other, other gym members or friends.  We are all different.  We lose weight differently.  Be happy with your own accomplishments.

Time Commitments

All you need is one hour to two hours a day.  Three times a week.  If you watch any shows on Netflix during the week, you can workout.  You have the time.  If you don’t have the time or access to a gym, try a YouTube video workout.  There are tons of awesome workouts online.  They  are an awesome way to get a quick workout in when in a rush.

70/30 lazy fitness

Fitness is important.  However, when it comes to losing weight.  It’s 70% Diet and 30% Exercise.  If you are trying to lose weight you must focus primarily on your diet. You can exercise all you want, but the majority of body fat is loss through a calorie deficit. Talk to a dietitian to determine the proper food plan for you.

 

 

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