Sticking to Your Fitness Resolutions in 2021
You’re probably already familiar with the joke about gym memberships skyrocketing during New Year’s.
Most people end up doing that rigorous workout routine once or twice, even though their resolution was to start exercising regularly. That’s not to mention those who set overly ambitious weight loss and dieting goals, only to find themselves falling off before the first week of the year has ended. The hope to finally get into shape during the New Year tends to dwindle as the days tick by and usually results in the individual not achieving what they set out to.
There are a number of reasons why people’s fitness resolutions don’t stick, among them are:
- Not planning ahead of time
- Not keeping track of progress
- Not setting realistic goals
- Not being willing to change in the first place
Here are some tricks that may help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls people face when it comes to following through with their resolutions.
Set Smaller Milestones
Instead of one giant weight loss or fitness goal, set several for yourself across a longer period of time. Your progress is worth being tracked whether you’ve lost three pounds or thirty. It not only puts your goals into perspective, but it also helps you stay motivated by reminding yourself that your journey’s headed in the right direction. Make a note of every small achievement, you’ll find that progress can move faster than you thought.
Find a Workout Buddy
It’s easy to shirk your workout responsibilities if no one is holding you accountable. By teaming up with a friend, you can make sure you keep each other in check when it comes to sticking to your routines. Working out with a friend can also make what might be a tedious routine more enjoyable, with good company and conversation the time is sure to fly right by. Once some time has passed the two of you can celebrate together.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Setting a weight loss or fitness goal can mean a major lifestyle change for most people, it’s no easy task and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over little slip ups. It’s okay to miss a gym day every now and again, and indulging your sweet tooth on the rare occasion won’t hurt either. The more gradual your changes are the more likely they are to persist in the long term. The important thing is to stay confident and not lose faith that you’ll reach your goals eventually.