10 Ways to Start Your Fitness New Year's Resolutions Now
You don't need to wait until January 1st to start your fitness resolutions. The sooner, the better!
Get a friend or family member involved in your fitness journey and make it more enjoyable. Not only will you be able to encourage each other, but you'll also have someone to hold you accountable.
Let's take a look at some tips to help you get started on your New Year's fitness resolution now:
* Find an enjoyable and challenging exercise routine that fits your lifestyle
* Make it fun by trying out online classes, joining a sports team, or trying new activities.
* Prioritise rest days to ensure you are recharged for the next workout.
* Eat healthy and balanced meals to fuel your body’s needs.
* Ask for help when you need it.
* Get a friend or family member involved to join in your fitness journey and provide extra support.
1. Don't wait until January 1st to start your resolutions - the sooner, the better!
This first point may sound too obvious, but it's worth repeating. Get started now and you can hit the ground running come January 1st. Plus, you won't have to wait a whole month before seeing any results.
In fact, you will be ahead of the game and can even use your momentum to motivate yourself in the new year.
It's so easy to keep putting things off until tomorrow, but why wait until you can get started today?
2. Set realistic goals
One of the main reasons people fail so early on in their fitness journey is because they set unrealistic goals that they don't have a chance of achieving.
This then leads them into a downward spiral of not achieving the goals they set out to do.
Hence, why should set realistic goals that you are able to achieve and be proud of.
You need to make your goals specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. For example, instead of saying "I want to lose weight", break it down into a more specific goal like "I want to lose 10 lbs in the next 3 months by eating healthier and exercising 4 times a week."
3. Track your progress
It's a great idea to keep a fitness journal to track your progress and stay motivated.
This can be a great way to look back on what you have accomplished, and also keep yourself accountable for any future goals.
You could also try using apps or websites designed to track your fitness progress and provide helpful tips along the way.
4. Reward yourself
It's a good idea to reward yourself for achieving your fitness goals. Choose something that will give you an extra incentive to stick with your fitness plan and make progress.
It could be anything from a massage after a hard workout, to taking yourself out for dinner or buying yourself a new outfit - whatever it is, do it!
People also purchase new workout gear or even plan a staycation to keep their motivation levels high.
5. Mix up your routine
Mixing up your fitness routines it means you are able to stimulate different muscle groups, which in turn helps you to make faster progress. You can switch between weight training, and cardio, or even try a new class like yoga.
At the same time, it can help to keep you motivated and not feel like you are doing the same exercises over and over again.
This allows both your mind and body to work in sync and keep your fitness journey an enjoyable experience.
6. Make it fun
Finding the right exercises and activities that you enjoy is key to making fitness fun.
If you hate running, then don't force yourself to do it - try something else like swimming or cycling instead! That way, you are more likely to stick with your fitness goals and make progress.
Also, why not try out some online classes or join a sports team for some friendly competition?
These activities can provide an extra challenge and are a great way to stay motivated.
7. Prioritise rest days
Far too many people get burnt out or injured from overtraining. This is why it's important to schedule in days of rest and recovery into your routine.
Rest days also serve as a mental break from the intensity of regular workouts, allowing you to stay focused and motivated for the long term.
It allows your muscles to recover which in turn makes them stronger and gives you the energy to power through your workouts. So make sure to look after yourself and schedule in those rest days!
8. Eat healthily
There are so many health benefits that come from eating healthy and nutritious food.
Your diet is one of the most important aspects when it comes to achieving your fitness goals, so make sure you are fuelling your body with the right stuff.
Focus on lean proteins, plenty of vegetables and fruits, and minimise processed foods. This will help to provide your body with the energy it needs to power through your workouts and reach those goals.
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, and the other half filled with lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. This balanced approach will help you to stay energised and motivated for your fitness journey ahead!
Remember - fitness isn't only about working out, it's also about eating well too!
9. Ask for help
As Brits, we're considered to be too proud to ask for help, but this can be counterproductive when it comes to fitness.
If you're new to working out and find yourself feeling overwhelmed or confused, don't hesitate to reach out for help.
This could include finding a personal trainer who will provide you with guidance and support in achieving your goals.
If you are a member of a gym, ask them for help too. Fitness professionals are a great source of knowledge and can provide additional tips on nutrition, exercise routines, and general motivation to reach your goals.
You don't have to do it all yourself - ask for help!
10. Get a friend or family member to join you in your fitness journey
There's nothing like a bit of moral support! Getting a friend or family member to join you in your fitness journey makes it more enjoyable and fun.
Not only that, but the extra support can help to push you out of your comfort zone and achieve things you never thought were possible.
Plus, having someone by your side will make it easier to stay on track and motivated.
So if you have someone in your life who is looking to get more active and make positive changes, why not join forces and work together towards achieving mutual fitness goals?
Bonus - Buy Home Fitness Equipment During The Sales
November and December are when the sales are in full swing, so why not take advantage of this and invest in some home fitness equipment?
From a treadmill to resistance bands and weights, having the right gear can help you to reach your goals more quickly. Plus, it's a great way to save money on gym memberships and makes it easier for you to work out at home.
So don't let the sales season go by without snapping up a bargain - get shopping and get fit!
Now that you know how to get started, what are you waiting for? Start planning now and make 2023 the year of becoming the fittest version of YOU!