The New Year is when many people start working on their goals and intentions for the year ahead. But with more than half of Americans hoping to exercise more, eat healthier and lose weight this last year and less than 25% actually sticking to those resolutions, it might be time to rethink your strategy for achieving your fitness goals.
This year, don't wait for January 1. Instead, kickstart your new fitness routine this fall to build long lasting results. Here's how to get started:
1. Find a schedule that works for you.
They say it takes 30 days to make a habit stick, right? But that habit has to fit into your lifestyle. If a workout class is only hosted on Mondays at 3:30 p.m., when you typically have to pick up your kids from school, it will be difficult to stick to that habit no matter how committed you are.
Build a workout routine that fits into your schedule. When do you have free time? What activities are flexible enough for you to make time for a new workout plan? Once you've carved out a time specific to your fitness goals, protect that time like it's an appointment you cannot miss.
2. Create a workout plan you enjoy.
Just as your schedule is unique to you, so are your fitness goals and activity preferences. If you're looking to lose weight, a cardio-based activity like running, high intensity interval training (HIIT) or boxing can help you achieve those goals. If you're looking to tone up and build muscle, you might consider most strength-focused activities.
Finding activities to help you meet your goals while also bringing you enjoyment will make it easier to stick to your new routine, because you'll look forward to going.
3. Don't be afraid to change up the routine.
So, you've found a time that works for you and an activity you enjoy doing, but what happens if that time doesn't work anymore or you become burnt out on that activity? Don't get discouraged and don't give up! Take a new class or try a new workout plan to prevent your workouts from becoming stale or slowing your progress.
In order to achieve and maintain long term fitness goals, don't be afraid to break it up or try new things. Remain flexible when it comes to your activities—sometimes even just switching up the time of your regular workout can help re-energize the plan for you.