Monday, January 11, 2016

8 Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated With Your New Year's Resolutions

By Nadia Marshall

Researcher Brene Brown says there are phases for new years resolutions:

January 1st – This resolution is going to be awesome!
January 5th – I’m awesome. 
January 10th – This sucks. 
January 20th – I suck. 

Instead of falling victim to this trend, follow these tips to stick to it:

1. Get a workout buddy. Find a friend or family member to keep you accountable. Meet them at the gym, or if your buddy is out of town, use social media to stay on track. Follow people on Facebook, Snapchat or Twitter who post pictures or videos of their workouts and healthy food recipes.

2. Motivation. Make a workout jar for yourself. Every time you complete a workout, put a dollar in the jar. After you collect a certain amount of money, use it to buy workout clothes or gear to keep you going! You can also use Google Docs or a spreadsheet to track your workouts. Every time you or your friends complete a workout, log it and keep each other accountable. If you’re more into apps than spreadsheets, MyFitnessPal is a great way to keep yourself on track, especially when traveling. It keeps track of your calorie and water intake, and even your workouts.

3. Realistically map out your goals : Most people write “Be Healthier” or “Get Fit” as one of their resolutions for the New Year. Be specific and realistic such as, “Run a 5k” or “Get my bench press up to ____ pounds”. Taking baby steps can help you achieve your goals and smash them! List some attainable yet challenging goals for 2016.

4. Research fitness groups or activities in your area: New gyms, studios, teams, or groups pop up everywhere. Look online, in the newspaper, or talk to friends for new things to try. Some gyms even offer free trial periods.

5. Have a plan for days when you don’t have motivation. We all have those days: you’re tired, rehearsal left you drained, you slept in this morning…it happens. Have a plan for “those” days. A quick five minute workout or stretch session is better than no workout at all. Look on social media for workouts or stretches on those days where it’s just not happening.

6. Treat yourself! Have rewards for achieving your goals or staying on track. Treat yourself to new boot socks, a relaxing day curled up with a book, a chance to see that movie you wanted to go see…find ways to give yourself some time to reflect on all of your hard work.

7. Have the right gear. There are plenty of websites with affordable workout clothes, equipment, or methods to get you started or keep you going strong. If you’ve committed to a workout such a rock climbing, get those gloves or shoes you really LOVE!

8. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Sometimes it takes courage to commit to a workout or activity you love. Try that Barre or yoga class you and your friends have been talking about! Mixing up your workouts will keep it fun and will help you tone different areas.