New Year. It's the time of the year when we swear to ourselves to improve and make a big difference in our lives. I bet one of your resolutions has something to do with health and keeping fit. That's because one of the most common New Year's Resolution is going to the gym (especially after feeling guilty about all the weight gain incurred during the holidays). But did you know? 77% of people fail to follow through on this resolution! Don't be one of them!
Here are 5 tips to help you keep it.
1. Do it for yourself.
Don't do it just to follow the trend. Your family or friends might have invited you to join them, and although that sounds like fun, if you're only doing it so you don't feel left out, chances are you'll lose interest pretty quickly. And if they stopped going, does that mean you'll stop too?
2. Find something you actually enjoy.
Going to the gym and running on treadmill everyday will bore you pretty quickly. There are other ways to keep fit. Try signing up for dance class, boxing, or yoga. If it's something you enjoy doing, you'll be looking forward to the next session instead of wanting to skip it.
3. Eat a healthy diet.
Probably one of the main reasons why you promised to head to the gym regularly this year is because of your over-indulgence during the holidays. It's time to break the cycle and get into the habit of eating healthier foods. The more junk you put in your body, the lousier you'll feel. And the less motivated you'll be to get up and exercise.
4. Treat yourself.
Not with food! There are other ways to treat yourself. By going to the spa and have a relaxing massage, a mani-padi, or buying new workout gears, there's always something aside from food to reward yourself for all your hard work. This way, you'll feel invigorated for your next workout sessions, and you'll have something to look forward to when workouts seem to be too much work.
5. Find a workout buddy.
Although I said above that you shouldn't just follow your friends or family who've invited you to gym, it is still a good idea to find someone who you can go with. It'll make it harder for you to sleep in and skip a workout session because there's someone who will always remind you of your goals and keep you motivated. Having someone who's had years of experience is a better idea because he/she has loads to teach you and you can be sure he/she will not easily lose heart.