The start of a new year is such a fresh and exciting time; it’s a clean slate for anything you want to achieve in the next 365 days. With the flip of the calendar page enters a list of resolutions that you will do differently this year. Health and fitness are usually at the top of this list.
Maintaining your exercise program and thinking of your nutritious meal plan as the blueprint for living the rest of your life will preserve a healthy weight and dramatically reduce your chances of developing such health problems as:
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke
If you are looking for results follow these six tips to achieve your fitness resolutions this year.
“I’ll start Monday.” They are classic words that you’ve probably even said before. Don’t put off your goals for an arbitrary date. If your health and fitness is important to you start now. If you don’t know where to start or how to use a piece of equipment, all you have to do is ask. The unknowns can be intimidating, but given the benefits of exercise, it’s important to remove these barriers in order to get started.
Plan It Out
One way to feel more comfortable in the gym is to have a plan so you know what you’re doing when you get there. Spend a few minutes writing down your exercises along with sets and reps centred on your overall goal. If you’re not experienced in putting together a program, utilize the services of a personal trainer since they are educated to carefully consider individual needs, limitations and personal goals.
It is important not to think of exercise as just one more thing on your to-do list; this will only contribute to your stress level. Instead, find an activity you love to do. If you enjoy strength training, add weight to the squat rack. If you’re a social exerciser, plan a visit to any class in the Group Exercise studio. Any form of exercise is beneficial, so doing what you enjoy will keep your motivation high.
Step In The Right Direction
You can’t run a marathon without first running one kilometre. In the game of fitness resolutions all of the small steps count. Your goal isn’t going to be achieved overnight, be proud of all your accomplishments.
Progress can be tedious and at times your gym routine may feel stagnant. The majority of the time resolutions fail because of boredom. This is why it is important to keep your routine varied. Fitness experts recommend that you follow a periodized program to get the maximum benefits, avoid muscle injury and increase results.
Do It For Yourself
Not everyone around you will have the same goals as you and you may run into a few skeptics who try and discourage you. Don’t allow them to take you off your path for a healthy and active lifestyle. Clearly define what it is you’re after and the reasons you want to achieve your goal. Reminding yourself of these reasons will keep you on the road to success.