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This year, millions of Americans have resolved themselves to have a healthier, more active year. In fact, Statistic Brain estimates that 38% of us have made a resolution pertaining to our weight or our health this year -...
This year, millions of Americans have resolved themselves to have a healthier, more active year. In fact, Statistic Brain estimates that 38% of us have made a resolution pertaining to our weight or our health this year – and yet the majority of us give up on our fitness resolution within the first few months of the new year. If you’re thinking of falling off the wagon (or even if you already have!), here are our top tips to help you make a fitness resolution you can actually stick to for the next eleven and a half months:
A fitness resolution is different for everyone, depending on your existing activity levels and your goals for this year. Some of us are aiming to run our first ever 5k, others of us want to cook healthier meals at home. Regardless of what your fitness resolution is for 2017, it’s crucial that you break it down into smaller, more achievable goals. We love the SMART method: your 2017 fitness goal should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based. For example, you’re less likely to stick to your fitness resolution to “run more” than you are to stick to something like “run 2 miles, at least 3 days per week”. This gives you a measurable, time-based goal to work towards every week for the entire year, and makes it a lot harder to let it slip through the cracks.
Did you make a resolution to start running more, only to quickly discover that you actually hate to run? Your fitness resolution doesn’t have to stop there. Instead, allow your goals to evolve throughout the year. If it turns out that you hate running, try spinning or maybe a Zumba class. The great thing about the fitness world is that there are a plenty of ways to get active, and every single one of them counts. Experiment with different fitness classes until you find the one that works for you.
If you’ve fallen off the wagon already, it’s not too late! There are a million ways to get fit this year – and the only one that won’t work is giving up. It’s easy to get discouraged, but you still have eleven more months to realize your fitness resolution. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to talk to others about your goals. Let your loved ones know what you’re hoping to accomplish this year, find a workout buddy, or keep a journal – if you put your fitness resolution out into the open, you’ll be more likely to hold yourself accountable throughout the year.
Looking for more fitness inspiration? Check out our blog post on the best 4 core workouts for amazing results. If you’re ready to find a fitness solution that works for you this year, book a consultation with Above and Beyond Physical Therapy. We’ll help you design a fitness plan that works for you!