So, perhaps 2016 wasn’t your year. You probably promised yourself on December 31, 2015, that this would be the year you get fit. And then life got in the way, you became too busy and it never happened. And that’s okay. Those things happen.
But 2017 is a new year and that means you can give yourself a new start. You can make the upcoming year the year you finally reach your goals and get fit. And here are nine tips to help you make that happen.
Do research online
Spend a few hours looking at various articles online. See what they suggest is the best way for you to reach your fitness goals. Every body type is different and everyone wants to work on different areas of their body. So, look up information that goes with what you want to achieve. Of course, check your sources and only go on to trusted sites.You need to be careful online these days, there’s a lot of advice out there that could end up harming you.
Speak to your friends
Do you have a friend who actually managed to reach their fitness goal this past year? Or a friend who has always been particularly good at keeping up with their fitness routine? Ask them to help you out with some advice. You know they care about you so they only want the best for you. Don’t be shy, this is what friends are for.
Get a support group together
Do you have other friends and colleagues who plan to up their fitness game in 2017? Why not get a group of them together so you can support and encourage each other to eat healthily and workout? It can be something as simple as creating a Whatsapp or Facebook group (a private one, of course). Or you could make it more official and have meetings where you can discuss your progress and setbacks. Just remember to choose people who won’t judge you if you have a bad week.
Keep a journal
Write down all your successes and all the times you slip up. This is not to punish yourself. Keeping track of your successes will motivate you to carry on. It’ll also show any patterns – like what time of day you find it easier to train or whether you’re more active on weekends or weekdays. And writing down when you slip up will help you understand what your weaknesses are and aid you in coming up with a plan to combat them.
Join a sports team, running club or gym
If you join a sports team, there will be other people counting on you to show up and do your best. If you join a running team, you’ll feel like you’re missing out on the company of your friends if you miss a session. And if you join a gym, you’ll see the money coming off your account every month and be motivated to make it worth the cash you’re spending. These are great ways to force yourself to be committed from the start and continue to carry on throughout the year.
Create an exercise schedule
Once you’ve tried different times of the day or days of the week, you’ll know when you’re at your best to exercise. Use this information to create an exercise schedule so you know exactly what you should be doing and when. It’ll help you start and stick to a routine, which will make it easier to keep going in the long term. Of course, if you’re scheduled to go to the gym on a Wednesday but there’s an event you really want to attend, you can always go on a Thursday instead. It doesn’t have to be rigid and strict. This schedule is just there to keep you on track, not to rule your life.
Invest in the right gear
Take a look at some of the best sports brands and see what you like and what would motivate you to get into your exercise gear. You don’t have to splash out on a whole outfit. But you definitely need the right shoes and a sports bra. Make sure you get a sports bra for your shape, whether you need a sports bra for large or small breasts. Look for running shoes and sports bra sales on these items so you don’t have to spend too much.
Cut yourself some slack
You’re going to mess up. There are going to be days when you simply can’t exercise because you’re exhausted, have had a busy day or have to work late. Don’t feel guilty on these days. Just try to make up for it. And if you’re out with friends and you’ve been particularly good with your diet for a while, allow yourself that piece of chocolate cake. You still need to live and enjoy your life. Just try to make healthier choices in future. You’ve got to take it one day at a time.
Don’t give up, no matter how difficult it is. 2017 is the year you’re going to get fit and you shouldn’t let anything stop you. Sore muscles? Fatigue? Laziness? Bad day? Work through it. Sweat out all the negative thoughts you have about your body and carry on exercising. You may not see the progress at first but it will start to show eventually. And when it does, you’ll feel extremely proud of yourself for not giving up.