We are almost ¼ through 2016 already and summer is peaking its head around the corner. There is nothing quite like the pull of summer to remind us of our fitness goals. Some have already given up, others hanging on a thread, and the lucky few are staying strong. Which one are you?
To those who are struggling, do not worry. You are not alone. In fact, we are here to help you gain some traction.
Here are a few tips to stay on track:
Track your Habit
Starting a habit is really difficult, especially if it is something you do not necessarily want to do. To some, the idea of working out seems like a chore that they have to add to their normally daily activities. If you want to work out more this year, you need to track the amount of times you do so. It is really easy to forget if you did or did not do something, especially if that something is not yet a part of your day to day life. Luckily, we live in an age of technology!
Here are the top apps to tip the scales in our favor:
- Way of Life on the iTunes App store.
- Unless you have been living under a rock, you know about activity trackers. Think of them as wearable reminders to exercise more.
- Put your money where your mouth is(literally) with sticK.com
- This one is for those who really need the push. Sign up for a contract and if you fail, money gets automatically taken out of your account to an anti-charity. For example, let’s say you hate the NRA, unless you exercise three times a week, will be taken out of your bank account and donated to them.
Find an Exercise you enjoy
Not all of us enjoy the gym, and that is totally fine! Think of it as an opportunity to explore. Variety is the spice of life. You may not know what you enjoy until you actually start doing it. Look for local gyms, fitness clubs, or recreational sports organizations in your area and try them out. Most will have free trials, and you can go and never see them again if you hate it. You may just find a workout you enjoy doing and will stick to more consistently.
Get a Personal Trainer
Most of us need to be held accountable. Having a trainer who schedules in weekly exercise sessions will make you go to the gym consistently enough to get results. Also, they will formulate an exercise program that is specific to your goals and needs. Ask about our one on one training options!
Find a Gym Buddy
An alternative to a trainer is find a friend to go workout with. You can hold each other accountable and make some pretty great progress together. Not to mention some friendly competition is a great way to push to newer heights. Small Group Training is a perfect option for those looking for more of a community environment!
Keep your Goals Simple
Ask yourself, what if it were easy? Let’s say your goal is to lose 20 pounds, a daunting goal for many. Instead what if you changed that and made it smaller and easier to attain. What if you change it to work out twice per week? That is significantly less intimidating. Take a hard challenge and break it down into smaller simpler goals. If you are having trouble sticking to your resolutions, they may not necessarily be things you think are attainable. Break them down. Resolutions are meant to make you better, not feel worse.