Just days away, the new year is knocking at our door, which means many of us are setting resolutions and gearing up for a happy and healthy 2017. Whether it's cleaning up your diet, increasing your deadlift weight, or just looking great at the beach, I'm sure we're all feeling pretty pumped up and motivated to make our goals a reality.
For many of us, our health goals are likely related to fitness, which often means committing to a new or more consistent exercise schedule. If you've had trouble sticking to a regular routine in the past, look no further. I've got you covered! Read on for some of my favorite tips and insights for kick-starting your fitness goals and motivating you to stick with them all year long!
NEVER MISS A MONDAY
The best way to kick-start your fitness goals and keep them rolling: Never miss a Monday workout! Committing to your Monday workouts and starting off the week on the right foot is just the motivation you need to stick with your schedule for the rest of the week. Plus, a Monday workout always encourages me to make healthier choices with regard to my meals and snacks, so it's truly a win-win!
SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUTS
I know you guys have heard this tip before, but it is key to fitting in your workouts, especially when life gets busy. I know for me, workouts are always the first thing to go by the wayside when things get hectic, so, each Sunday, I will literally schedule my workouts for the week onto my Google Calendar. I’ll even include Mal in my plans if they involves Quinn/daycare/coordinating our schedules (and he does the same). Some days, it might seem like I don't have time to work out, but I'm almost always able to find a little bit of time to exercise. On days when I know it’ll be tricky to squeeze in a workout, I’ll wake up super early or plan a quickie, high-intensity one into my day. If there’s a will, there’s a way! And making a schedule for yourself makes it that much easier to stick to your plan and not miss any workouts.
STOP DOING THE WORKOUTS YOU HATE
Ok, ok… I totally could have put a positive spin on this piece of advice, like: “Find a workout that you love,” but I thought this was more impactful because, well, it’s the truth. I mean, I get emails all the time from readers who tell me that they don't like running because it's hard, boring, hurts their knees, etc. I typically tell them that running isn't easy and you really need to love it if you want to run marathons and half marathons. Running for hours and hours might not be for you and that’s okay. Not everyone needs to be a runner. Basically, what I’m saying is stop doing the workouts that you think you should be doing and find something that you look forward to and want to do regularly.
REMEMBER THAT YOU ‘GET TO’ WORK OUT
Over the years, a number of my workout buddies have teased me because I smile when I work out. Not all the time because, hello, some workouts are really challenging (and kind of suck), but, in general, I'm thrilled that I'm able to work out. With a chronic disease that has sidelined me on more than one occasion, I'm so incredibly appreciative that I'm physically able to exercise. And anytime that I'm not super motivated to work out (sometimes it happens!), I remind myself that I GET TO exercise. Try it the next time you're just not feeling a workout!
DON’T WAIT UNTIL JANUARY 1ST
Get the ball rolling right now. If you’re thinking about setting some goals and resolutions in the new year, don’t wait until January 1st. Sign up for a class or secure a gym membership ASAP, especially if you want to get some of the best rates of the year. For instance, you can join Anytime Fitness for $1 right right now. You seriously can't beat that price! And, with your new membership, you'll get a free consultation and a 30-day fitness plan (at participating locations only). Ready to jump-start your fitness? Check to see if there's an Anytime Fitness location near you!
Question of the Day
New year, new goals! What's your #1 fitness goal for 2017?
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