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As January is nearing to a close I was reflecting the other day about New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve been noticing a slight decline in class sizes and the gym parking lots are less crowded now. I started thinking about what drives people to continue with their Resolutions and since I am such a big fan of list….I thought I would share my thoughts with you.
Ways to Keep Up With Your New Year’s Resolutions
Make Sure You Have Found Something That You Enjoy Doing
There is nothing worse when you have to dread going to the gym. I hated thinking about running on a treadmill for 45 minutes with some sweaty guy to one side and an overly perfumed girl on the other. So you know what ended up happening? You guessed it! I wouldn’t go. Then I discovered my love for Barre and Spin classes. It doesn’t feel like a chore…I look forward to going (well 95% of the time let’s be honest!) So if you have started working out and aren’t feeling it….time to switch it up and find something else to try. Otherwise I guarantee you will not enjoy it and burn out. Ask a friend what they do. Or try a new class at the gym. Find something that gives you that amazing feeling when you are done that makes you want to come back for more.
Sign Up For a Challenge
My Barre studio has a challenge where you complete 20 classes in 30 days and at the end you are rewarded with discounts and other fun prices. We have a challenge board up that tracks everyone’s name and holds you accountable. You better believe a Type A person like me likes a challenge! Having a goal that you can meet is rewarding and helps drive you into make these weekly workouts part of a routine. See if your local gym or studio has a challenge. If they don’t have one….help them make one! Wouldn’t that be fun to be in charge of? ;-)
Track Your Progress
My two favorite apps for tracking workouts and daily intake are My Fitness Pal and iFit. My Fitness Pal is a great way to keep track of your daily calories, water intake and exercise. It gives you a nice overall estimate of your daily intake vs expenditure. It has a very easy to use app for Iphone and Androids. iFit is an online community where you can track your workouts and within your group join challenges to help you stay on track.
Share Your Success
You’ve been working hard put that after shot on Facebook or blast out an email to your friends and family. You will be surprised how much their positive feedback will help drive you to continue. See if your gym or studio has a person of the week or a working hard shout out. Showing your journey of success will motivate others and help you stay committed. Take that selfie shot (make sure not to do any of these selfies…oh my #3 I am still laughing about) or show those pants that don’t fit anymore! Nothing makes me more excited then to see a client’s positive results!
Go Ahead and Reward Yourself
So you’ve been sticking with spin now….go an splurge and get those spin shoes! Or you’ve been staying loyal with your Barre and Pilates class….time for a new pair of stickie socks or those leggings you’ve been eyeing. I mean it only makes sense since it is part of your routine know you need the digs to go along with it! Plus when you are looking good you know you are feeling good.
Make a New Set of Goals and Enroll a Friend
You’ve breezed through January. Now here is your chance to think about your next set of goals. Now is the time to sign up for that 10k or the Spin Marathon Event. Having a long term goal will help you stay on track. I signed up for the 30 day yoga challenge after I saw it on Jen’s Blog. The challenge is 30 days of yoga but each exercise is only 20 minutes long and the videos are emailed daily. I am 5 days in and still going strong! Who wants to try it with me??? Which brings me to my next point, try signing up with a friend so you have someone else to hold you accountable and vice versa. Especially to help you motivate when it comes to those early morning classes.
Reflect on Your Journey
Take some time to reflect on your progress. See what things have been working for you and what hasn’t. From there see what you need to change or continue with to allow you to continue to be successful with your exercise and healthy living goals. Sometimes I will sit down with my planner and look at my past workouts and see if there were any gaps in time and see the reasoning behind it. Did I over schedule myself that day? Did I try to make a 430 class when I was on the other side of town? What teachers classes did I really enjoy and maybe I can try to coordinate more with those times. Take this time to applaud yourself for your hard work and plan for a successful continued future.