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Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are centered around getting in shape and being more healthy, but changing your lifestyle is no easy feat. In fact, statistics have shown that only one in five people stick with their New Year fitness resolutions. Despite the lackluster statistics, there are ways to ensure you follow through on your New Years resolution to become more healthy.
Below are some tips from Coordinated Health Performance Coach Amanda Falcone on how to make this the year you stick to your fitness goals.
Determine your goals
The first step to finding the routine that works for you is to determine your goals. What do you really want to accomplish a few months from now? Gain muscle? Fit into that old pair of jeans? Run a marathon? Or just generally feel and look better?
Create a time line for your goals
It’s an important thing to remember that fitness goals are not attainable over night. Sometimes they aren’t attainable in 2-3 months. Various goals have various time lines, so it’s important to remember this. Set a realistic timeline for specific goals. For example, a realistic goal for fat loss is between 1-2 lbs. per week. Now this does not seam like much. But lets think long term; in one month you could lose up to 8 lbs. 3 months, 24 lbs.
Determine your likes and dislikes
It’s much harder to stick with a fitness routine if you are doing exercises you don’t like. Choose a plan that you know you will enjoy, while achieving your goals at the same time!
Seek the knowledge
Ask for help! This world is filled with knowledgable people who are here to help your attain your goals. If you don’t know, ASK! If you don’t know whom to ask, you can always observe. Head down to the local gym and watch what others are doing. Sometimes the best learning tool, is to see someone else doing it.
If you are still completely lost, just get out there and try something new! Many gyms offer a variety of different classes. Joining a class will help you determine what modalities you like or dislike and if you would rather work out with a group or on your own. Try different plans too! You may find that one may suit your needs better than others.