Maintaining Your 2020 Fitness Goals
Maintaining your 2020 fitness goals in the new year is always a top priority. If you’re anything like me, you include exercise in your daily routine. But also if you’re anything like me, this can be a daunting task. However, everyone is capable of changing their life for the better! Here are some tips for setting realistic goals and sticking to them.
Set Goals for the Right Reasons
The only reason to change yourself in any way is for yourself. If you are trying to impress a potential love interest, it won’t work. If you are hoping to look good at an upcoming event, it won’t work. As impossible as it sounds, you just have to learn to like exercise. No, you don’t need to learn to like strenuous 5 A.M. lifting sessions. You need to learn to enjoy that two-mile walk around your neighborhood, or that long bike ride each morning. Exercises like these get you outdoors, breathing fresh air, and easing your mind while burning calories. This will lead to more healthy activities you find you enjoy.
Maintain your fitness goals by starting with something light. If you don’t regularly walk a lot throughout your day, start with a one-mile walk in your neighborhood. Many people suggest bringing a friend along to have someone to talk to (and commiserate with!) This should become a daily routine and once it becomes easy to do, add another mile, and then another. Same way with weight training, start at a low weight with about 12 to 15 reps. You’ll find that it’s less difficult the more you do it, and then you can increase your weight, putting on muscle mass in the process. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like you’re progressing slowly, everyone goes at their own pace. Refer to a trainer at your gym, or recommended YouTube channels from home, to make sure you are practicing proper form. If you’re in an uncomfortable amount of pain following your workout, you may not be using the right form. Form will take a while to get the hang of as well, so don’t let it get you down.
Change up Your Routine
Don’t focus on the same muscle group each day. I know we are all tired of the juice heads talking a big game about leg day and arm day, but they’re right! You need to get your heart rate up and burn calories each day, but your muscles also need time to recover. Schedule different workouts each day, it’s perfectly acceptable to repeat the same workout as long as you have given your body the proper recovery time. It is highly suggested that you focus on legs one day, upper body another, and cardio another. Keep rotating these for the best results. Stretching is an important part of each of these routines, there are plenty of helpful YouTube videos if you need suggestions.
Get a Workout Partner
Getting fit in the new year is a common goal, so what better way to see it through than to have someone to hold you accountable. A workout buddy is like an accountability coach. You are more likely to follow through with your exercises if you have someone to do them with. Chatting and catching up is a good way to help you forget your long walk is actually a workout, or that your muscles are burning from those weights. Whether it is a friend who has their workout regimen down pat or someone who is just starting out like yourself, keep yourselves on track to make a healthy change. These exercise apps could get you going in the right direction and help you stay on top of your progress.
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