If you hit the gym in the next few weeks, you will find it pack with New Year’s resolutioners. But as February approaches, many of these commitment makers will slowly trickle out of the gym and back into their old habits. To make sure you are not among those who forgo their fitness resolutions, here are some tips to help you stay on track in 2018.
Social interaction at the gym is more likely to motivate people to work out. So instead of tackling your resolution alone, find a gym partner who also wants to be committed. Alternatively, you can join a group such as a fitness class, a local outdoor club, or even hire a personal trainer. If you cannot make it to a group in person, you can also join one of the many online communities that offer a strong support network. Tracking platforms such as FitBit and Garmin allow people to create social communities that inspire them to work out more.
Make Yourself Financially Obligated to Go
When possible, pre-pay for sessions because when you are financially committed to the gym or a fitness class, you will feel obligated to “get your money’s worth.”
Set a Date-Specific Goal
When you set a goal, you are much more likely to stick with your fitness program. For instance, if you need motivation to hit the treadmill, sign up for a race and set a time goal that you can slowly work towards. Then create a schedule to ensure you stay on track to achieve that goal. Sometimes we are more likely to do the things we dislike under a little pressure.
Pick an exercise that enables you to have fun while also challenging yourself. If you dread that thirty minute run on the treadmill, try a cardio alternative such as a Zumba or kickboxing class. When you are actually enjoying the fitness program, you will be much more likely to stick with it long term.
There will always be those days when you just cannot drag yourself to the gym — and that is okay. No one can possibly feel motivated every single day. On these “off days” try your best to find a more leisurely replacement for your regular workout routine that gets you moving. Whether you have time to go for a walk outside, or get your steps in running errands at the grocery store, some form of movement is better than nothing at all.
Stay determined and 2018 will be a year of health and fitness.