As 2018 is creeping ever closer, thoughts of New Year’s resolutions keep popping into our heads. We know that the biggies of eating less and venturing to the gym more are going to factor high on our list of things to commit to. So how do we ensure we don’t give up by the time the curtain falls on January?
You can’t whip on your sweatpants and a t-shirt and head to the gym on a mission to shift forty pounds. The goal is too vast, and you’ll quickly become disheartened. Instead, write down your major objective; this is the end goal. Then begin to break it down into more manageable chunks. Do you want to ensure that you go to the gym three times a week? Do you want to be able to run 5k without taking walking breaks? How about losing 2lb a week, to begin with? All of these aims are measurable, and you’ll be able to see the impact of your gym sessions helping you to maintain that much-needed motivation.
Change It Up
There’s nothing worse than venturing to the gym for the third week since you began your resolution, only to be confronted with the same squat regime or press up exercise. Take a look online and source a more exciting range of exercises that you can try. Just because you want to work on your calves and hamstrings in one particular session doesn’t mean you have to use the same machine and do the same stretches. Never forget the power of cardio. Different classes such as boxercise and circuits as well as a quick run around the park can keep you engaged with your fitness plan and mix it up a little bit.
Do The Right Exercises
If you want to run a marathon within the year, it goes without saying that you need to steadily increase your running distance and work on your endurance. At the same time, if your major motivation is to tone up, you might not want to be torturing yourself with cardio every time you head to the gym. Whatever your fitness goal is you need to find the correct exercises that will help you to achieve your aim.
Don’t launch yourself into a new gym regime and attempt to get on the rowing machine every day. This isn’t conducive to good health. You should be aiming for three sessions a week as it’s vital that you give your body enough time post workout to recover. Using supplements, drinking plenty of water and having an ice bath after every session can aid your muscles in their recovery. As you become more attuned to the gym and understand how your body reacts to exercise you may be able to up your sessions at the gym to four each week, but you should always aim to have those all-important rest days.
New Year’s resolutions are ridiculously tricky to stick to. However, if you follow this advice, you have every chance of achieving your fitness goals in 2018.