Do you make the same fitness resolutions
year after year? On average,
only 20% of us keep our New Year's
resolutions. Andy and Jamie share
some advice on making your exercise
goals attainable and sustainable in
the New Year.
1 - Write it down.
Write out the specifics of your new
fitness goals. Include all the details—
how many times a week you want to
work out, which days, what types of
exercises you plan to do. Continue to
keep track of your progress throughout
2 - Workout with friends.
Meet a friend to go for a hike or
Skating at the local rink. Try a fitness
boxing class! Try something new. The
options are endless.
3 - Set realistic goals.
If you have never run a day in yourlife, do not decide to become a marathon
runner by February. Instead,
start with a goal you can accomplish,
such as running three or four miles.
Once you have attained your first
goal, you will be motivated to reach
for a new, tougher goal.
4 - Be specific.
Give yourself detailed guidelines with
specific dates, times, and/or amounts.
Do not just say, "I want to lift more
weight." Instead, determine how much you want to increase by and
in what time frame. Pick a specific
road race, triathlon, or charity race to
5 - Reward yourself
If you have kept to your exercise
schedule all month, splurge on a new
pair of athletic shoes. Or maybe you
hit a specific weight-lifting goal—
treat yourself to dinner out with a
good friend. However you do it, be
sure to pat yourself on the back for a
job well done.
It is also important to remember that
it's ok to stumble a little. Goals need
to be flexible. Don't lose hope or
feel guilty if you "cheat' on your diet
or miss a workout. Just get back on
track as soon as you can and understand
that setbacks often lead to
growth. Think "Year round not just