Happy New Year!
New Year’s resolutions, “New Year: New Me,” “This is my year,” – No matter how we say it or what cliché we choose to quote, a new year means new opportunities. Sometimes we make resolutions, and we’re really good with them for about a month. Then, it's just laziness. Biggest offender: Fitness Resolutions. Here are 5 tips to get motivated and stay motivated in 2014.
1. Schedule Your Workouts
If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, take it easy and schedule one week at a time. You could try working out twice in the first week, and then slowly increase your workouts. If you want to start off with a bang, jump into the month and lock down a strict workout schedule.
2. Make Fitness Goals
The best motivator is consistent success and what better way to create success for yourself than setting up goals and knocking them down. Try making small, attainable fitness goals for each of your workouts. Maybe you just want to do 15 push ups, 5 pull-up or deadlift a certain weight. It doesn’t matter what it is, setting attainable goals are going to keep pushing you to the next level.
3. Train with friends
If you need a little support, use the buddy system! Word of caution: try to find friends that aren’t lazy, and that actually want to get into a fitness routine too. Going to the gym with someone who is “spotting” you by sitting on a nearby bench texting or taking gym selfies isn’t exactly an ideal motivator. Try taking a group fitness class with a few friends. You can all sweat it out and cry about sore muscles together. It’ll be fun.
4. Try Personal Training
If you know your friends just aren’t going to cut it, and you really need someone to push your limits, try a personal trainer. They do all the planning and thinking! You just show up. They’ll take your fitness goals, make your meal plans, schedule your workouts, yell at you for 5 more reps (kidding – not kidding)... You definitely won’t miss a workout, because if you do, you’d be wasting your money. Personal training is also valuable because whatever you learn in your sessions, you can take with you for life. You could try a few sessions and then see how well you do on your own. It’s all about challenging yourself.
5. Add Variety to Your Routine
It can be boring going to the gym everyday only to run on the treadmill for 20 minutes and leave. Eventually you’ll quit out of pure boredom. Switch things up. Try yoga one day, weight train the next, do cardio the next day and then take a Tabata class. You can alternate between personal training sessions and working out on your own too. It’s harder to quit when there’s something new to try.
Those are just a few methods of motivation. If you have any other suggestions, please share! We can all use some help sticking to our goals and focusing on fitness in 2014.