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How to Keep Your New Year's Fitness Resolution


The New Year is a great time to reset your perspective on life and take stock of what you like and don’t like. When it comes to sticking to new habits, persistence is key – especially for fitness goals. It takes over two months on average before a new practice to become a habit. So, how do you keep your motivation high when the glitter of your New Year enthusiasm starts to fade? How do you force yourself to get up during the early morning to work up a sweat while it’s still dark out?
Here's a list of strategies you can use to stay on track with your fitness goals this year. 

Create a measurable goal
If your goal is to go the gym more, there’s a high probability you’re going to fail right out of the gate. If last year you went to the gym once, then if you go to the gym twice this year, you’ve reached your resolution. But, such an incredibly tiny improvement in your gym attendance isn’t much of an accomplishment. In order to feel like you’re making progress on a goal you can be proud of, make sure you get specific about your goal. For example, instead of telling yourself you’ll go to the gym more, you can pick a number of days you want to go to the gym instead. Start with three days a week. If that frequency becomes a habit, then you can increase it from there.

Get the right gear
Although jeans are a great clothing staple, they’re not the best choice for lifting weights or working out.  You need the right clothing for the right occasion. If you want to keep your fitness goal, make sure you have the apparel that can help you accomplish it. For example, if you’re a runner, invest in women’s or men’s performance athletic jackets so you have a layer to peel off when you’ve warmed up. And don’t forget a great pair of athletic shoes. You can buy sneakers that are training-specific, trail shoes constructed for outdoor use, or a supportive pair of kicks if you need a little extra cushion.

Pair up with a friend
One of the best ways to keep a fitness goals is by having an accountability buddy.  For example, if you and a friend both sign up for a fitness class early in the morning, it’s super easy to bail on your plans when your alarm goes off. But a friend can text you and send you a gentle reminder of your fitness goal to motivate you. Plus, it’s a lot more fun to run with a buddy or hit the gym with a friend. If you want to keep it even more casual, you can just plan a daily walk with a neighbor or coworker. But, if you’re feeling a little more competitive, you can also do a steps competition. Invest in a fitness tracker so you always know exactly how many steps you’re getting in each day – and to ensure you’re staying one step ahead of the competition. 


Mix up your fitness
Incorporating your fitness goals into your daily life doesn’t have to mean logging hours on the treadmill. It can mean a hike one day and a HIIT class or bike ride another. There are plenty of ways to raise your heart rate, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. You may also want to consider a subscription like ClassPass, which lets you try a variety of gyms and workouts so you never get bored with one kind of fitness. 

Make it a priority
You wouldn’t skip an important business meeting but it’s easy to hit snooze or skip that post-work workout class. So you should prioritize your health and fitness, just like you do your job.



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