1. Set Achievable Goals
One of the biggest mistakes people make when setting their fitness goals for the New Year is that they set unrealistic goals.
They set goals that they would like to achieve…like “I want to lose 50lbs of fat before February!” or “I want to be Binkini Ready for my cruise in March!” but in reality these goals can’t be achieved in the time they set for themselves!
When you set these types of goals it’s hard to stay motivated and see them through. When setting your goals, it’s important to set something positive that will keep you motivated to continue your training. With New Year coming, most people set a weight loss goal, but if you don’t see results right away, it can be very discouraging. Try and set a goal that’s performance related along with your weight loss goal. Some examples would be, improve your run time, being able do more pushups or increase your strength by setting a new PR (personal record) on a deadlift.
2. Challenge Yourself
Setting goals are great, but signing up for a challenge is a great way to help keep you on track on your fitness journey. This is great way for you to get involved locally and most importantly have some fun! Some examples, register for a color run, fight for air climb, dirty girl mud race or if you want something hardcore you could enter a tough mudder race.
3. Try New Things
Are you getting bored doing the same routine at the gym? Try a new form of fitness that you haven’t tried before. There are so many training styles now and more are coming out all the time, so there is no reason you can’t mix it up a bit. Trying new things keep your workouts fun and exciting. Try signing up for a spin class, reformer or hot yoga.
4. Workout With a Friend
Recruit a friend to workout with you, or sign up to do an event together. That way, you are both motivated to train that event. Also, having a friend keeps you accountable and will help you stay focused and not bail on your workouts. Besides, working out with a friend is not just “work” it’s also a social meeting where you can catch up with each other.
5.Reward Yourself for Success
Not everyone needs rewards, but they definitely help most of us! Therefore, it’s important to reward yourself for your achievements. For an example, did you hit your new personal record for a deadlift? Why not treat yourself to a massage to relief those sore muscles. Or did your lose 25 pounds? Go treat yourself to a new outfit. Remember it takes time to reach your goals, so celebrate the accomplishments you’ve made.