8 Things to Do If Your New Year's Fitness Resolution Has Stalled
Does this sound familiar? You started January with fitness resolutions galore. You joined a gym, and you went…for a week or two. Now, your visits have tapered off. You aren’t as active as you intended to be. You’re suffering from resolution fatigue. It’s hard to be motivated in the dead of winter, but hope is not lost. Now’s the perfect time to reassess your approach, your commitment to fitness, and your goals.
Try a few of these ideas to make sure that your fitness resolutions last until next January and fitness becomes an integral part of your daily routine.
Bring workouts home. Convenience is a big determiner on whether or not exercisers regularly make it to their health club. Make an investment in your health by adding a treadmill or stylish indoor cycle to your home. If that's out of your price range try adding fitness equipment like a set of dumbbells, a few resistance bands or a medicine ball to your home so that you get some sort of activity in, even on days you skip the gym.
Consider a new approach. Sometimes a clear-cut goal doesn’t come with a clear-cut plan. For example, having a fitness goal to lose weight is perfectly fine (and common). But did you think about a detailed, specific plan to achieve this goal? Without one, it’s harder to accomplish. Follow a plan on your fitness goals will follow.
Hire a personal trainer. Not only can a trainer get you started on a specific plan (see above), they can also educate you on how to properly use equipment that you might not normally feel comfortable using. There are limitless workout options at a fitness facility, but exercisers may not know what they are. A trainer can change that.
Try small group training. If you’re growing tired of a gym experience that consists of a half-hour of cardio and a few weights, mix it up a bit. Small group training is a great way to get in an intense workout, while in an energetic atmosphere that fosters camaraderie. Alone time on a treadmill is great, but sometimes being around other exercisers can be extremely motivating.
Find a friend. Two is better than one when it comes to sticking to a fitness plan. Find a friend who has similar goals and become accountability partners. Text each other daily reminders, share healthy recipes you’ve discovered, and schedule workouts together. If a partner is hard to come by, join a walking or running club or become a member of a gym with lots of classes (see above).
Set new goals. Maybe you missed the mark with your fitness-related goals. Try a new approach. Pick a 5K or 10K run or a sprint triathlon in the spring or summer to train for. If your fitness comes with a tangible purpose, and one that includes a little bit of competition, it can be easier to commit to.
Realize that activity and fitness are lifestyle changes. It’s not easy at first to stick to a new workout regimen, because it can be a change in your daily routine. But when you manage to stick with it, it becomes a big part of your life. You’ll find that after a few months of getting into the habit of exercise, it becomes more difficult to miss a day.
Set mini-milestones and celebrate them. If you wait to celebrate your successes in December, you’ll quickly realize that 12 months of work with no “fun” leads to burnout. Instead, set mini-milestones and throw a mini-celebration when you check them off the list. But don’t set back your efforts with celebrations that include cheeseburgers or missed days at the gym. Treat yourself to things like new running shoes or an expensive boutique fitness class you’ve always wanted to try.