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Top 5 Ways to KEEP Your Fitness Resolution in the New Year


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Many of us look at the start of a new year as the perfect time to recommit to our health and fitness. And it is! Whether joining a gym or your local Y, signing up for karate or boot camp, you are sure to be in good company. Having the support of trained professionals and a group of motivated members can not only provide opportunities to learn new skills, but it’s also a great way meet new friends while you’re getting healthier.


But as Januarys come and go, and good intentions come and go along with the seasons, there are some crucial differences between those people who have quit before the Super Bowl, and those who are still going strong by the time the All Star game rolls around mid-summer. What are the tricks to make your exercise plan stick? How can you successfully jumpstart your physical activity for the New Year?

Top Five Ways to Make your New Year PA Plan Successful:

1. A Little Goes a Long Way. The biggest health benefits come with the first 10 minutes of physical activity. Going from Zero to Ten is the hardest inertia to overcome. Work on ten minutes a day rather than being a weekend warrior. Consistency is key. No matter what you choose to do, do something daily.

2. Set Measurable, Achievable Goals. Setting achievable goals allows you to build confidence as you go. If you aren’t sure about how to do this, take advantage of the services provided by your fitness center. There are plenty of discounted packages and special offers available. Be honest with the staff (and yourself!) about what you are willing to do, and be accountable to the plans you make. Again, consistency is the key.

3. Try Something New. Do a little Zumba, move some weights, get on a new piece of equipment or sign up for a yoga class. Making your workouts fun and interesting is essential to your success. Give the new things some time. As you build skill, your enjoyment of a new activity can increase. Don’t stress too much about creating the ideal routine at first, just find some things you like to do and stick with those for a while.

4. Find a Workout Partner. It might be a friend or family member, or maybe it’s someone you just met in class. Maybe it’s a co-worker or your next door neighbor. If it’s someone who is new to physical activity, you will certainly share the struggles and triumphs of getting started. And if you choose someone who has made physical activity a part of their life for a long time, they may be better able to help you navigate those days when getting back on track is a little tougher. We all have days we “just don’t want to,” and long-term exercisers have solutions to share. Find out how they “do it anyway,” and put their advice to good use!

5. Sign Up for An Event!
Try a fundraiser walkathon, or your first 5K. Combining your desire to be healthier with a cause you care about can make your workouts a win-win. On the day of the event you’ll get up early, head out and find yourself surrounded by a community of like-minded, fit folks who will inspire you long after the walk is over. These events are so fun you will wonder why you never tried them before!

When it comes to jumpstarting your PA plan, think “Consistency” and “Community.” By paying attention to one and tapping into the other, you can turn your New Year’s resolution into a new way of life.



by luv2run on 12/26/2012 | Share Story With a Friend

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies

About the Author

Alison Hatfield

Alison came to HMR as a Health Educator in 2005. Since then, she's worked in Sales, Legal, Marketing, & IT. Some say she’s worn many hats, but she’s better known at the office for her shoe collection! Her love of shoes is surpassed by her passion for health & she feels fortunate to have found a home at HMR.

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