How to Stick to Your New Year Workout Resolutions

January is always the busiest time of the year for gyms. You might even call it the fitness version of Black Friday.

The holiday season must have been filled with so much eating and adding excess unwanted fat.

Here are a few tips to turn your New Year workout resolutions into reality this year. Enjoy.

1. Write and measure it

Resolutions should be both specific and measurable. In fact, a recent study found that setting broad, vague, goals can make people depressed. Writing down your goals is not only a great way to accomplish them, but your list can also help you to figure out the exact steps needed to get there.

Make sure that you break down the goal’s components and keep a regular checklist to help you and keep you on track. Make your resolutions simple, measurable, results focused, time bound and achievable.

2. Break up the goal

Resolving to do 10,000 push-ups in a year is pretty intimidating. But 192 push-ups every week sounds even scarier, but breaking it down to 38 a day looks to be a lot more doable. A goal is either far in the future or far out of your comfort zone can be tough to start so it’s advised to break down your workouts into achievable steps.

3. Treat yourself

You can encourage yourself by taking yourself out for a treat anytime you are able to achieve a whole week of your workouts. Choose a reward that won’t undo your work, such as a weekend getaway or a massage. They are good for your physical and mental health. Regular treats divided by goals can greatly help you reach milestones faster than you earlier thought possible.

4. Keep a schedule

Time management is most important for accomplishing any goal and fitness isn’t any exception. The best time to workout, especially if you have a busy day, is early in the morning and this also encourages healthier eating and more movement throughout the day.

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