We’re nearly three months into 2014, and as many who have made New Year’s resolutions in the past know, now is about the time when that resolution can begin to wane, especially when it comes to that much-uttered declaration, “This year I’m going to get into shape!”
It can happen for a variety of reasons. Maybe you feel like you don’t have enough time in your day, or perhaps you’ve simply begun to forget the excitement you felt when you first started your adventure into health and fitness. Regardless of the reasoning, many people make resolutions, and many people break them.
But don’t give up so easily! While we’re three months further from New Year’s Eve, remember that we’re three months closer to swimsuit season. If you stop your adventure into fitness now, you’ll be kicking yourself for it later.
Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself on the path to keeping your resolution to get into shape.
Stop making excuses.
I’ve found that when the time for my daily workout comes along, I’m really good at making excuses to try to get myself out of it. I say that I don’t have time, or that I’m not in the mood, or that I worked out enough yesterday and I’ll do an extra-long one tomorrow. The problem is that once you’ve missed one day, it’s really easy to do it again the next.
Set reasonable goals.
One problem that people have when it comes to their fitness goals is that they set the bar too high. They imagine that they’ll lose 50 pounds in two months, but once the two months are up, they’re disappointed at the results. Setting too big a goal is like putting a giant wall on the path in front of you that is impossibly large to climb over. Instead, set up your goals like a series of smaller hurdles that are within your capabilities. As you clear each one, you’ll find yourself experiencing a series of small, motivating thrills. That’s a lot better than setting yourself up for one big disaster.
Modern workout equipment like the XTERRA treadmills and ellipticals provide a variety of tools for monitoring your progress. Use these to set goals such as daily calories burned, weekly increases in workout speed or distance, or keeping up your pace and heart-rate.
Find support from others.
Talk to your friends about your fitness goals, and be open to both giving and receiving encouragement. There are also many health and fitness forums online where people share encouragement and exercise tips.
When it comes to keeping your fitness resolution, the most important thing you can do is remind yourself why you wanted to get into better shape in the first place. You wanted to feel healthier, look better, be more capable, and achieve an all-around better standard of living. When you stack up motivators that are as important as these against a few paltry excuses, which is going to win out?
If you need one final reason to keep up your resolution, just remind yourself—you have to choose between being lazy now, and having the beach-bod you’ve been working toward when June rolls around.