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8 Tips To Get Your New Years Resolution to Stick
If you are anything like me then you just spent the Holidays indulging a little more than you probably should of. What can I say; it’s just too hard to say NO to Mom’s apple pie or Aunt Peggy’s mash potatoes and stuffing. I keep waiting for their allure to wear off but at the end of every year I find myself with a bloated stomach. The New Year is full of hope and optimism.
The problem for most people is that they all start off the New Year with the best of intentions but that enthusiasm far too often seems to fade after a week or two. I strung together the following 8 tips that I use that will help your New Year’s Resolution stick and become a reality for 2016.
1. Be Realistic and Honest With Yourself
This is probably the most important tip, not just for achieving your fitness goals but for your life in general. You need to be aware of your own reality. Accept your journey to greater fitness will take discipline, will power and a lot of hard work. There is no magic pill or secret recipe. Be mentally prepared for the battle which awaits you and you won’t just give up when the going gets tough because you’ve set realistic expectations for yourself.
2. Know Exactly What You Want
Take the time to ask yourself precisely what it is that you want to accomplish because “To shape up and get toned” is just far too vague! Deciding what it is that you want to achieve is such a crucial decision because different types of training will yield different results. Sumo wrestlers and bikini models don’t have the same training routines or diet. Ask yourself; are you looking to build muscle or loose fat? The whole point is that if you know precisely what you want to achieve then you can devise a specific plan to get you there.
3. Have a Concrete Goal:
Once you decide what it is that want to achieve then I suggest that you set a realistic but firm time frame for yourself to achieve it. Say your goal aloud or even write it down so that you have a clear target in mind. Set short term goals within your grand master plan as well. For example, you will aim to lose 5 pounds of 20 pounds by March 1st. Consistently achieving those short term goals will keep you motivated and enthusiastic in continuing your quest to full fill your New Year’s Resolution.
4. Make a Schedule
You need to be consistent to have any chance of being successful at fulfilling your New Year’s Resolution. To do that you need to schedule your workouts into your day and make them a solid commitment that cannot be moved (unless it’s an emergency). Perhaps that will be something like Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 pm. whatever it is, try and make it at the same usual time and make your workouts priority. Schedule your other daily activities like watching television, grocery shopping or getting gas around your workouts and not vice versa.
5. Don’t Waste Your Time:
If you are going set aside the time to work out then you may as well put in some effort and get the results that you are after. Focus on training with enough intensity, train large muscle groups and try to keep the in-between set resting and chatting to a minimum. Leave the gym as soon as your workout is over. Don’t linger, you are much more likely to stick to a routine that gets you in and out of the gym in an hour rather than two or three.
6. Use a Double Edged Sword:
You have made the commitment to exercise more often but what about your diet? You want to have two pronged attack of both a proper diet and exercise to really maximize your results. The diet is the battle that is won or lost at the grocery store. You can’t eat what you don’t buy, so shop wisely and buy healthier food choices. Consider having some protein powders handy to help build muscle and recover. I highly recommend Everlast Vegan Protein, also check out Everlast Burn to help kick your metabolism into gear.
7. Don’t Overdo It:
This ties in to that previous tip of being realistic. You need to be aware of who you are and what you are capable of doing. Remember, to be successful you will need to be consistent and that won’t happen if you push too hard too soon or force yourself to continually eat foods that you hate. Ease into it over the course of a month. Your main goal in the beginning should be to create a healthy habit of consistently eating well and working out. The higher intensity training and strict diet may come in time but you need to get that body of yours use to a consistent routine first!
8. Don’t Quit!
We are all human and we mess up now and again. If you fall off of the wagon jump right back on as soon as you possibly can, don’t wait until the next New Year to try and start all over again. Imagine where you would be right now if you didn’t quit last year or the year before that. If you drop the ball for week or two, it’s not the end of the world because you still have the remainder of 2016 to catch up, so whatever you do, just don’t quit and 2016 will become the year that you make it happen.
I wish you all a prosperous and happy 2016. Hopefully you will be able to implement some of these tips into the upcoming year so that you too can enjoy a that extra piece of Mom’s holiday apple pie with any of the guilt.