It’s great setting goals for the new year, but more often than not, people don’t stick to them. Sometimes it’s because they haven’t made an actual plan, and other times it’s because their goals are unrealistic. To help make sure that you stick to your fitness goals, we have put together a list of top tips to help you along the way.
1- Make small changes.
Getting in extra activity is easier than you think. Do small things like parking your car further away from work so that you get a few additional steps in.
2- Do what you love.
If you hate running, then you won’t want to go out jogging every night. Try out different sports so that you will hopefully find something that you enjoy doing it. Exercise doing have to be a chore.
3- Create a routine.
Fitting in exercise when you can is OK, but the chance of you doing it regularly will be slim in comparison to following a routine. Find out when the best time to exercise is, and make sure that you can stick to it. That way, it becomes a part of your life, rather than something you ‘have to do’.
4- Set goals.
Have a sensible goal in mind, and don’t be put off if you have a lazy day in the gym. Every little counts, and it’s perfectly normal to have the odd ‘slow’ day in the gym. Remember what your goals are and why you are doing this.
5- Buddy Up!
Lots of people work best when they have a training buddy, but others work best on their own. Try training with someone else and see if you notice a difference in your training. The best thing about having a training buddy is that you can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.
6- Don’t compare yourself.
When you go to the gym, don’t forget that every one of us had to start somewhere. Yes, you may see the buff, lean, and trim people, but they had to work to get there, and this is the same journey that you are starting.
7- Forget about fad diets.
All too often, we hear stories of people who have started a fad diet, lost loads of weight, and then put it all back on. Why? Because fad diets do not work! If you want to lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit, and it should become a part of your lifestyle. Eat well, train, and stick to it.
8- Prioritise your time.
Some people think that spending time in the gym is selfish, but it’s part of looking after yourself and leading a healthier lifestyle. Don’t ever feel guilty for wanting to better yourself.
9- Cheat days are OK.
You don’t have to be the picture of health 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can have cheat days, just be careful with how much you are cheating. We all deserve chocolate and cake from time to time!
10- Hold yourself accountable.
Tell people about your goals so that you have something to be accountable for. If you tell your family and friends that you are getting fit, but then they see you at McDonalds every day, they WILL call you out on it.
Whether your 2020 goal is to lose body fat or gain muscle, sticking to your routine is the only way forward.