The majority of New Year’s resolutions revolve around losing weight and eating healthier. If your goals fall into this category, read on for five ways to stick with your program and become healthier in 2019 and beyond.
- Join a gym. Having a place to workout in a community setting can be a huge motivating factor, especially if you engage with that community. Ways to do this include hiring a personal trainer for a few sessions to get you oriented with the equipment and develop a customized routine. Taking group exercise classes is another way to make friends and feel more a part of the gym community. Studies have shown that 85% of people who participate in group exercise classes go to the gym at least twice per week. Group exercise classes build confidence and comradery and those friends you make will help hold you accountable.
- Schedule your workouts into your weekly routine. Make time for yourself by writing in specific workout time on your calendar. Take a look at your week and find times you can get to the gym, or simply go for a walk or run. Putting them in your calendar will hold these times open and prevent you from booking other activities when you’re supposed to exercise.
- Don’t try to start too big – set goals in small increments and gradually build up. If you don’t already exercise, try to schedule two workouts into your week. Once you get going with these two sessions, you’ll begin to feel better and look forward to those workouts. After a few weeks, add another session and then another as you get more fit.
- Find a workout buddy or meet someone new. Having a walking partner or someone to go to the gym with makes exercise more fun and also helps hold you accountable. Many gyms offer small group workouts where two to five people exercise with a trainer together and get a discount on training costs.
- When it comes to eating healthier, replace two meals each week that you would normally eat at a restaurant or get carryout with homemade meals. Homemade meals tend to have less fat, less sugar, fewer calories and more vegetables than meals from restaurants. Choose a day (like Sunday afternoon) for meal prep so that foods will be readily available and you’ll be less likely to reach for unhealthy options.