Staying On Top Of Your New Year Fitness Resolutions In 2018 And How You Can Do It
Yep, yet again it’s that time of the year when we chalk down resolutions and make plans about all the things that we would like to change about ourselves and our life. While 2018 is a new year, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all we set out to do is going to be achieved exactly as we want it to.
In fact, before January, we have December and that is the month of celebrations, frolic, but also fun, beauty, exuberance, parties, and the chance to eat a lot of delicious foods. If you didn’t know, it’s this time of the year that people start hitting the gym more than ever and that is for good reason. We will put on a lot of weight and want to make sure that we get it off as soon as possible. Gyms are also known to offer Christmas specials, so you have all the reasons in the world to sign up for a gym membership, right?
Well, the thing is that you’re not the only one and there are many other people like you who want to get in shape or bulk up before New Year and after, of course. Time flies though and when you find yourself in the situation of actually having to go through with your plans, you suddenly don’t know how to do that. Luckily, you’re not the only one having this problem and there are many other people just like you who need a helping hand to get motivated and get started with working out. With that in mind, in the paragraphs below we’ll let you know more about the things you can do in order to strategize your plans and make 2018 the best year of your life. Well, at least when it comes to getting fit and looking great that is!
Maintain a journal and keep a tab of yourself
So you finally have a few fitness resolutions and you want to go through with them. This means that you’ll need to commit yourself to hitting the gym for several hours a week. After all, when it comes to doing something, we all know that it’s easier said than done, but there are ways you can improve your motivation and eventually achieve your goals. One of the things that you could do though if you want to get in shape in 2017 is to maintain a journal. This journal will be a very important motivational factor for you.
Write in your journal exactly the way you feel when you workout, but also remind yourself that the only way to get in shape and feel better about yourself is to continue hitting the gym. Now you also need to have goals and your goals need to be achievable, measureable, specific and results oriented. Remember that you don’t have to be too hard on yourself, since if you are, then you may fail with your exercise routine.
Your resolutions need to be achievable
One of the things that many people seem to get wrong is that they set goals that are very difficult to achieve. Well, if you’re just starting out, then you need to make sure that your goals are achievable. After all, you’re just a beginner, so you cannot delve full throttle into a workout that is meant for people who have been training for 3, 6, or even 12 months. In fact, many people will try HIIT or go for the heavier weighs thinking that they will be able to achieve their fitness goals faster, but the only thing they’re doing is setting them up for discouragement. You have to remember that your mind and body need to adapt to the changes in your life and this is a slow process.
Make it look less intimidating and more appealing
A lot of people want to get in shape, but the main mistake they do is that they want to do too much when their body and mind is not prepared for it. If you plan to do a record number of bench presses or maybe push-ups, then you will eventually quit going to the gym since your body will most likely find it impossible to put up with your new lifestyle. If you don’t want to hit a dead end, then you need to come up with small plans and achieve small goals before moving on to achieving greater things. After all, if you want to start with the type of training that a professional would consider, then your mind will be the first one to give up.
Give yourself credit for your achievements
You probably know that great feeling you get when you master a certain technique, when you do a perfect squat or maybe a perfect lunge. After all, you worked hard in order to be able to execute them perfectly, so you need to give yourself credit for that. When you learn how to appreciate your hard work, you will be 1 step closer to achieving your fitness goals.
Make it interesting
If you really want to be motivated so that you can continue hitting the gym, then you need to make sure that your workout is as interesting as possible. If you want to go to the gym for 5 days a week, then you need to come up with exercise routines that are all very interesting. For instance, you can do TRX, Pilates, body combat, but also Power Yoga, Zumba, and maybe take some Boot camp classes as well. If you make it interesting, then you will certainly not feel like you have to quit going to the gym anytime soon. Variety is the spice of life and this is very true when it comes to training in the gym.
Being too hard on yourself is not recommended
If you don’t follow them strategically, even the best planned resolutions will fall short. When you plan and implement you may feel excited about the things you will do and achieve, but when it gets fagged out, then your interest will also drop. That is the point when your workout will start suffering as well. However, you never have to be too hard on yourself for the fact that you could not achieve your goals when you wanted to or because you failed a workout. Instead, you need to relax and remind yourself that this is part of the whole process of growing as a person and also getting in shape. If you want to be successful with something, then you’ll undoubtedly have to go through a few setbacks.
Ask for help
If this is the first time you’re hitting the gym, then you may see a lot of things that don’t yet make sense to you. When you see how easily others are using those strange machines in the gym, you may feel intimidated to ask them about how to use them. The truth though is that you should never feel bogged down by what other do. Just make sure to plan your workouts and concentrate on your goals. After all, gyms have instructors and personal trainers, so you could certainly ask them to help you learn more about the machines you should use to achieve your fitness goals, how to train properly to lose weight or bulk up, and more.
Get some cool gym wears
Even if you huff and sweat in the gym, you want to look good and that is why you need get gym wear that complements your look. Get some cool running shoe and outfits, but don’t forget about some cool T-shirts, and boxing gloves as well. Not only does your gym wear help inspire you, but it also makes you look cool and give you the confidence to keep training.
When you train regularly, you also need to make sure that you eat healthy foods. Your body needs a wide range of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more in order to function properly and it’s you who needs to provide it with what it needs. As much as possible, try to cook your meals at home and do not eat fast food, foods rich in fats, or sodas, since they contain a lot of sugar which is not good for your health.
Apps and cool wearables
While in the beginning using gadgets may not seem like something you are totally down with using, in the long term you’re going to realize that they can come in handy. Just think about the girl that is running next to you. She looks good, she wears high quality gym attire, but also uses a few gadgets in order to measure her heart rate, count the steps she’s taken, and more. However, if you’re not yet ready to get some gadgets to help you train better, don’t worry. There are many apps you can download and use to train more effectively.
Easily Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution With These 3 Simple Steps
The New Year is finally here and this means that you have to make resolutions about the things you’d like to change about yourself in 2018. After all, you’re not the only one who wants to change something about themselves this year. For instance, the creator of Fit in 30 Workout, Angelique Millis, was in the same boat as you, but she eventually worked hard and got in shape. For many years now she has been helping others get in shape and achieve their fitness goals just because she cares and knows that sometimes it only takes a little push for someone to go after their dreams. Today, she was kind enough to share a few tips with us on the things you need to do to achieve your fitness goals in 2018. Let’s see them!
Resolution: Never eat sweets late at night
1. Choose a day: It’s not really a good idea to stop eating the foods that you like. If you do this, then you’ll eventually fail. Instead, you should set a day in the week when you can eat them, but don’t overdo it.
Make healthy alternatives: Whether you want to eat a delicious and sweet fruit or maybe a bit of chocolate, you can certainly choose to eat a healthy dessert and imagine that you had something super indulgent.
3. Just a nibble: If you have a sweet tooth, then you should only eat a small square of dark chocolate and nothing more.
Resolution: Change your training routine
1.Try a class: Go for a routine that is new to you. For instance, you could try hiring a personal trainer to help you train properly, try small group training or even circuit training. No matter what it is that you’re too afraid of trying, now is the best time to try it.
Get progressive: Sign up for a workout where each class builds on the next. If you do this, then you’ll feel pressured to attend the class every week so that you can continue feeling challenged. In fact, when you think about it, this is a great way to make some friends as well, so go for it!
Start playing with number: If you love cycling intervals or weight lifting, then that’s okay, but make sure that you also change plans from time to time. For instance, doing three sets of eight to twelve reps for the rest of your life is not set in stone, so vary it.
Resolution: Drop five pounds
Eyeing portion sizes is not how it should be done: According to Millis, if you don’t measure your portion sizes, then you will be surprised how much more over the limit you’re actually eating. To prevent that, make sure to bust out the spoons, measuring cups, and even a food scale. In the end, you’ll realize that the extra effort will be well worth it.
Do your math: Keep in mind that 35 hundred calories equals 1 lbs. If you’d like to lose 1 lbs a week, then you have to create a calorie deficit by burning five hundred calories more than you consume a day. To reach that goal, you should cut out foods such as fast food, but also sodas.
Commit to 2 percent: If you train for half an hour, then that equals to 2 percent of your day. No matter if it’s jogging, swimming or something else, doing 30-minute workout is a great way to get in shape and achieve your fitness goals fast.
Resolution: Try tackling an obstacle course, triathlon or marathon
You need to have a workout schedule: You need to find a workout plan that complements your skill level, but also your event and plan your workout into the day. Save a certain day of the week for training and put it on the same calendar you use for special events, business events, etc. Your workout should be regarded as a meeting with yourself that you cannot cancel on.
Find someone to train with: Try to find people that share the same goals as you and train with them. You’ll easily be able to motivate yourself when you train as a group.
Don’t reduce your calories: If you want to tackle an event as an incentive to burn fat, then you should not eat less carbohydrate just so you can lose fat. However, if you want to tackle a longer race, then make sure that you don’t cut more than five hundred calories from your day.
Resolution: Make healthier food choices.
1. Buy healthy foods: Before you hit the supermarket, you need to make sure that you create a healthy list of foods to buy once you get to the supermarket. If it’s not on your list, then make sure you don’t buy it.
2. Don’t shop when you’re hungry: Have you ever noticed that if you go hungry to the store, then you’ll end up buying foods that you may eventually never even touch? Well, to avoid that, be sure to eat something before buying groceries.
3. Choose a day to prepare your food: Mark a day in the week when you’ll buy food and prepare it. By doing so, you’ll become a lot more organized.
Resolution: Make a habit out of exercising.
Schedule it in: Think about the amount of time you can realistically dedicated to training and schedule your workout sessions accordingly. You should train anywhere between 3 to 4 days a week as a novice.
Download new music: If you want to improve your workout’s results, then you may need to download some new music to listen to while training. You can use a wide range of services to listen to music, including 8tracks, Pandora, Spotify, etc.
3. Find a different incentive: If you want to earn cash while getting in shape, then you may want to use an application such as Pact. The way it goes is that you make pacts with other members that you will eat healthy, hit the gym on a specific day and number of times a week, etc. If any of you fail to do what you promised, then you have to pay the other guys or they have to pay you a certain amount of money. How great is that?
At the end of the day, we’re all humans and no matter how you look at it, we make mistakes and will continue to make mistakes throughout our life. How many of you decided to start hitting the gym only to realize that putting up with the daily drill is too complicated? Or join a Pilates class and realize you need something more to achieve your fitness goals? As far as fitness is concerned, we all make mistakes. But hey, it’s 2017 so many of us made plans to get in shape fast. So guys, let’s not make up excuses anymore and start doing something about our weight. After all, do you really want to cry about something forever or stop whining and do something about it right now?