The start of the new year is always the busiest time for gyms because so many new members sign up thanks to their resolutions to get fitter this year. However, while gym membership amounts tend to double in January, as a rule of thumb by February gym usage is usually back to its normal, with most new members giving up and going back to their old ways.
The issue is that when making new year’s resolutions, most people don’t think them through properly and make them on a whim. However, that does not have to mean that your commitment to being healthier in 2018 has to waiver.
Whether your goal is to complete a marathon, simply be able to run three miles without stopping, or be able to get up the stairs without huffing and puffing, you can get there. If you want to ensure that you stick to your new year’s resolutions this year, have a read of the seven tips below.
1. Make Realistic Resolutions (=GOals)
Even the best-intended resolutions can turn out to be unrealistic. When you decided that each morning you would do 100 sit-ups, an hours workout at the gym, and 30 minutes of yoga, you may have been slightly over-enthusiastic and unrealistic about what you would have the time (and energy) for.
Instead, set yourself realistic goals. There is nothing wrong with changing your resolutions and turn them into goals that are more achievable, and you are less likely to give up on them.
2. Know Your Why
To succeed with any goal, from workout goals to career goals, you have to know your why. Your ‘why’ is the reason why you want to achieve the goals that you have set. So ask yourself what your real reason is for getting healthier this year - is it just to be healthier, is it to lose weight, or is there another reason?
The deeper you dig into your "WHY", the more likely you will keep up with your new lifestyle. Maybe you are getting married this year and want to ensure that you look amazing? Whatever the reason is for your motivation, remind yourself of it constantly.
3. Log, Track, Measure
It’s easy to lose motivation if you don’t feel like you are achieving anything. That is why logging your workouts, tracking your progress, and measuring what’s changed is so important.
There are plenty of fitness apps that you can use to do this. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve run for an extra 30-seconds or you’ve lost a quarter of a pound, it’s still an achievement, and you should be proud.
4. Stay Organised
Want to ensure that you stay on track? Then it pays to be organised when it comes to your workouts. If you don’t make time to workout, you won’t do it. Schedule workouts into your planner, so that you know when you should be hitting the gym each day.
5. Stay Accountable
If you have accountability on your side you are more likely to stick to your plan. IF you have the self-discipline to have a conversation with yourself and keep yourself accountable, go ahead. Most people unfortunately are not.
Whether you buddy up with a friend to workout or hire a personal trainer, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you have someone keeping you accountable and motivating you to workout regularly, someone you don't want to let down.
6. Buy New Gym Gear
If you're the type of woman that gets excited and motivated by wearing rocking outfits, use that to your advantage. There are many companies focused on quality and trendy workout gear from top to bottom.
Treat yourself to new gym wear or trainers that will make you feel better about yourself and more motivated to hit your workouts.
7. Ask for Help
Struggling to stay motivated? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s much better to admit that you are struggling and get the help that you need to stay on track, rather than simply giving up because you are too embarrassed to ask for help.
Find someone or even an online community with similar goals and join them so you will have partners in health who will push you when you need it and support you in the good and the bad.
The fact is that you will have good and bad days, even weeks. How you react to them will determine your progress. Staying consistent for a longer period of time will bring you results. If you need a little extra help, don’t be afraid to contact us for guidance and support.
Owner and creator of One Small Step, Joe has been in the health and fitness industry for 8 years and takes an all-round approach to his coaching.