According to statisticbrain.com, out of the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2017, “get in shape” was number one, “do more exercise things” coming in 5th place and “work out more often” in 7th.
If you don’t want your fitness resolutions to fail, one of the UK’s leading daily newspapers - The Telegraph - has some tips to help make them stick.
Focus on smaller goals
Try focusing on very specific smaller goals which would be more achievable.
Instead of focusing on running a marathon at the end of the year, focus on a shorter distance (for example 10kms), focus on the calories you consume, focus on a small weight loss target, and/or the amount of time you work out in a session.
You’ve been indulging Christmas and New Year’s celebrations for the past couple of weeks so now is the time to cut back on those indulgences like sweets and alcohol and audit your diet. A well know training motto is, “You can’t out train a bad diet!”
Ditch the gym membership
Google searches for gyms spike every year in January, and membership purchases and foot traffic soar. According to Gold’s Gym in the US, its traffic jumps 40 percent between December and January but after a few weeks it drops dramatically.
Don’t waste your money, instead choose to go on lengthy walks, take the stairs or ride a bike around your neighbourhood for some cardio exercise.
There will be fitness video’s available on YouTube you can follow with some basic weight training exercises, all for FREE.
Use technology to help you
Download an App to keep you accountable and on track to achieve your fitness goals.
MyFitnessPal is free and will track your calorie intake as well as your exercise sessions. With a database of over 3 million types of food, you can easily track the calories you consume and then those you burn off.
Keep monitoring and evaluating
Your original goal should just be the starting point of your fitness journey. Keep evaluating your progress based on your situation at the time.
If you get sick cut back for a while but if you are finding things easy, ramp it up.