5 Tips for Kicking Off Your 2020 Health Goals
Almost everyone has a New Year’s resolution to look better and feel better. Much of that starts with how you approach your workout and exercise routines. Instead of faltering out mid-February on your resolution, use this tips to succeed all the way into the New Year and onward!
By Candice Graham
Choose something you enjoy.
If sweating it out at the gym sounds like torture, you’ll likely find it difficult to stick to a gym schedule. Instead, think of something active that you’d truly enjoy.
Set a schedule.
It’s hard to find motivation when you’re trying to cram an exercise into a jam-packed day. By planning ahead and having a set workout schedule, you’ll be able to work your other commitments around your exercise. If finding time proves to be harder than you imagined, make things you already do a little more physical. Chase your kids around the yard instead of sitting inside, or plan to go on a walk to catch up with a friend instead of meeting for coffee.
Create a social network.
Have you ever seen someone’s social media account that chronicles her workout journey? Usually these posts garner droves of “likes” and comments from those encouraging the individual to keep up the good work. Who couldn’t use a few hundred virtual cheerleaders to motivate you along your fitness journey? Your followers will make you feel more accountable, and their support can help you go the extra mile.
Believe in yourself.
Even if you haven’t worked out a day in your life, being positive and believing you can reach your fitness goals can make you your own biggest motivator. Try visualizing how great it’ll feel to lose 10 pounds, then remember that feeling any time you’re stuck in a rut or don’t feel like getting off the couch. Knowing how rewarding it’ll feel to reach your goal, and believing it’s possible, will carry you through the tough times.
Keep exercise on the brain.
You know the saying – out of sight, out of mind. Motivate yourself to work out by never letting a sweat session slip your mind. Leave your gear, like your yoga mat or dumbbells, out in plain sight so you won’t be tempted to skip a workout. Keep your sneakers by your bedroom door to remind yourself to lace up and go for a run.