5 Tips on How to Stick to Your Fitness Routine Past January
What are your resolutions this year?
January is the perfect time to start fresh. With New Year's resolutions and ample resources that can keep you on track for your New Year’s fitness goals, these tips are excellent for anyone looking for their 2022 fitness goals. Whether you’re trying to shed some lbs. or simply need some extra motivation at work during office hours, these tips will keep you focused and on pace for your goals!
We all know the stigma surrounding New Year’s resolutions is that they don’t last. So, what’s going to happen at the end of January? According to exercise.com, 67% of gym memberships go unused and 80% of people fail to adhere to their resolutions by mid-February. So, how can you help improve that statistic and actually stick to it this time?
Try some of these tips and tricks to keep your exercise goals on track throughout the entire year:
1. Keep a Workout Journal
A fitness routine is like any other responsibility, you need to commit it to your schedule and plan for it in advance. Approach your New Year’s fitness goals as you would meetings with clients or deadlines at work. Try writing down your workouts in a journal. Not only will this keep you accountable, but it will keep you on track for your fitness goals.
In addition to logging workouts, fitness journals will help you log your meals and daily moods so that you can have a tangible view of your progress. You can also find journals that will help you keep track of your meals, measurements, and water intake.
2. Plan your workouts in advance
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If you only have a gym membership, use your fitness journal to plan your exercises for the day. Is it leg day? Write down your whole routine to save time at the gym so that you don’t waste time trying to think of what you want to do next! If you want to get really organized, try planning your workouts a month in advance. You don’t need to adhere to every workout you plan, but the more thorough your planning, the more likely you are to stay on track.
If you work from home, are opposed to gyms, or don’t have time to plan your workouts in advance, consider purchasing workout equipment for your home. This allows you to workout whenever you want. If you don’t have room for an office and workout station, combine the two! Consider a Treadmill Desk or Bike Desk. That way, you can kill two birds with one stone, working and working out at the same time. Learn more about treadmill and bike desks here.
3. Find an Accountability Buddy
When you are easing into a fitness routine, workout buddies keep you accountable to your goals and call you out when you want to be lazy! Find someone who pushes your limits in a healthy way. Striving towards results is easier when you can do it with someone by your side.
If you work out from home or don’t have anyone in person to rely on for accountability, try downloading a fitness app where you can get into competitions with others who are trying to stay fit or use it to keep track of your stats on a daily basis. If you are currently part of the Lifespan Family, try downloading the app!
The Lifespan Club app allows you to connect your Lifespan Fitness equipment to track your workout performance. It will not only show you time, calories, distance, etc. but also shows you an in-depth analysis of heart rate zones and your achievements. With the user’s permission, Lifespan Club can sync data from workout summary to Apple Health so you stay in competition with friends!
4. Post Your Workouts on Social Media
There is nothing wrong with being proud of your progress and showing yourself off! You might even inspire others who are looking for a new challenge. Social media is like a time machine for your body as well. It shows you your progress and the changes you’ve made over the past few months. It can also help you notice small details about yourself that would've gone unnoticed.
Sharing your fitness journey on social media is a great way to keep yourself accountable and encourage others. There are many Facebook groups for people who love running, walking, or cycling. You can also use hashtags to connect with others, such as #exercisewithfriends that allow you not only to share what accomplishments you have but learn from others experiences!
Posting your progress on social media can be very rewarding and inspiring but it also has its challenges. It is important to not feel beholden to your social media image. Remember, the most important aspect of your New Year’s fitness resolution is achieving the goals that are attractive to you. Having social media to keep you accountable is excellent, but other people’s opinions aren’t what matters most.
5. Book a Vacation in the Spring or Summer Ahead of Time
Everyone knows people are the most motivated when they have something to work for or look forward to. Why not book a vacation early for the summertime? This will help you stay on target for your fitness goal all year long so that you will be ready for summer and the swimsuit season!
Looking for ways to get in shape at home during the cold months? Try building your home gym. There are plenty of options out there that are affordable for almost all age groups! Check out some treadmills today that are space-saving, easy to move, and even safe for children and pets!
If you want to workout while you work, consider standing desk treadmills or under desk bikes to ensure you make the most out of your at-home workout station.
We all know January is a new start for many, but don’t just make January a new start, make the whole year a new start and stick to your New Year's Resolution with Lifespan Fitness! Let us know what else we could do to help you with your fitness journey by commenting below!
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