Getting back to it – your fitness resolution

How are you going with your new year’s resolution?

Mid to late January is when most of us start faltering and questioning our ability to stick to our resolution to change, stop or start a new activity.

It takes about 3 months for a new routine to become part of your everyday life, so DON’T GIVE UP.  Sit down, have a look at what you what to achieve and remind yourself why you want to do it.

Here are a few tips to get you back on the exercise bandwagon:

  • Don’t give up just because you have missed a day or two.  Get your trainers on and get out there, even if it’s just a 30 minute walk (make it a fast one)
  • Don’t think too hard about exercising, you’ll probably find an excuse not to do it.  Just put on your gear and go.
  • Remember how fantastic you feel afterwards.
  • Have you set your goals too high?  Aiming to exercise everyday when you haven’t done anything before is too hard to achieve.  Set a realistic goal that you can achieve and feel good about achieving it.  You can ramp up the frequency and intensity once your routine is established.
  • Put your exercise times into your calendar so you can’t book a meeting at that time and stick to it.
  • Find a partner to workout with you and encourage each other.
  • Pick activities you enjoy – you’ll be more likely to keep it up
  • Variety is the spice of life – mix up your exercises so you don’t get bored.  You’re also less like to injure yourself by doing the same thing over and over.
  • Be accountable to someone – keep an exercise diary and report your progress to a trainer or friend once a month.

As soon as you see the changes happening, you’ll get another boost of motivation and determination to stick to your new lifestyle.  Your mind and body will thank you when you have more energy, are able to focus better and get stronger and healthier.

Anja Lineen

Master trainer

Go for Fit

www.goforfit.com.au

  • karla

    The biggest fear is usually going back to training after every long holiday, some breaks are tougher than others. There’s this expectation to get back to that elite level after 3-4 weeks of doing absolutely nothing! I agree, train smart, be realistic with your expectations, and don’t think, just do!