How time flies! A quarter of 2015 is already gone! It seems like just yesterday, we were making plans for the new year and how sure we were that this is the year we were going to stick to our resolutions. I’m talking about the fitness resolutions. You wake up one fine morning, realizing its already April and somewhere along the way you have forgotten all about it.
Worry not! You don’t have to wait till next January. You can start again today. Start as many times as you have to and not give up. Here are a few things you can do, so this is the year that you can make your fitness dreams come true and stay fit every year.
• Exercise anywhere
Don’t wait to find the ideal place to exercise. If you do not have access to a fitness facility for any reason including time, budget, distance or transport, do not lose hope. There are awesome home workouts available for purchase on the internet and on TV that can just as fun and effective and you get to choose the schedule!
• Don’t repeat
Don’t do the same workout day after day, month after month. Find something new, maybe a new kind of class, a new fitness trainer, a personal trainer or maybe even just new music. Our minds and bodies have to be challenged periodically to see better results.
• Motivate yourself
If you have had a long break from exercising or are starting new towards realizing your new year goals, it can be very difficult to keep up with it initially. Muscle soreness doesn’t help either. You need to keep motivating yourself to go past this stage by reminding yourself of all the wonderful benefits you are going to see if you stick with the program. Though you might sometimes feel lazy or reluctant to start a workout, you know how wonderful and refreshed you feel when you finish. Remind yourself of this every time you feel like missing a workout. A few other ways to keep you motivated would be to keep a track of your progress, practicing positive self talk and visualizing your goals.
• Morning Workouts
Working out first thing in the morning has a lot of benefits. It sets your mood (positive) for the day and you can be sure to finish it before the day gets to you. It is also believed that exercising before breakfast makes for better fat loss.
• Work out at work
Even if you are stuck at a desk job, your day does not have to be sedentary. Stand whenever you can and go take a little walk periodically (include a set of stairs if you can). You can also store a few exercise aids like resistance tubes and dumbbells at your desk.
• Make it more interesting
Make exercising more interesting by exercising in a group, with a friend or even with your special someone. Sometimes, just getting a new playlist for your workout session can do wonders. Make it fun.
• Make it quick
Interval workouts like Tabata and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can be done in as little as 4 minutes and still deliver a whole lot of benefits like building cardio endurance and burning of fat.
• Make it NEAT
NEAT – Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. This is everyday activity like cleaning the house, running errands, washing clothes, washing the car, chopping vegetables, running errands, shopping, walking around or going around on a bicycle to name a few. On days that you are unable to go to the gym or do your regular workout, all you have to do is up your NEAT.
• Make a Plan
When it comes to working out, always make a result oriented plan. Work towards a 5k or a 10k, towards being able to do a full pushup or a body weight chin up.
• Make a journal
One of the most proven ways to not give up on your fitness goals is to keep track of your progress. Whether you are writing it down or logging it online, just looking at the progress you have made will keep you going. This is also a very good way of keeping track of what works for you and what doesn’t.