How to Ensure You'll Commit to Getting Fit This Year

January 09, 2016

(Updated on April 29, 2020)


After Christmas and all the festivities, the most common New Year's resolution is to become fit and finally take physical exercise seriously.
We usually start out strong because of the guilt we feel for eating so much during the holiday season, but those plans quickly die out, once our hectic schedules come back and our laziness comes with it.

So, how can you make sure that you commit this time?

#1: CHANGE YOUR MINDSET!

Exercising is not a punishment for the extra weight you might have put on this year. 

And even if you're skinny or at a healthy weight, exercising is one of the most important things to integrate in your schedule, as it is vital to being healthy and having more energy to go about your day.

If you're really serious about living life to the fullest starting this year, then you'll need lots and lots of energy!


#2: START SLOW

If you're not used to working out regularly, start slow.


If you start out too aggressively, you will probably be really sore and you won't enjoy it, which will make you less likely to keep at it.

#3. INTEGRATE WORKOUTS IN YOUR WEEKLY SCHEDULE

If you look at it as another task you have to complete, you'll be more focused on actually getting it done and you won't forget you had planned to exercise on that day.

And don't schedule anything else for that hour - it's exercise time!!

You can get a free printable weekly planner here:


#4. LOOK FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL ENJOY


If you enroll at a gym, don't be shy and go try various classes to find out what you like.

It's easier to exercise in a group - it's more fun and you support each other.

You might even make some friends!


If you don't want to enroll at a gym, try to do an activity or a sport that you know will be fun for you.

You'll be more likely to stick to it if you actually enjoy it.

#5. GET A FRIEND ON BOARD


If you make a commitment with someone else and you make plans to meet to exercise, you'll be less likely to slack off on exercising.


Exercising with a friend is much more fun than alone and you feel like you're in it together. 


You will also feel bad for cancelling on them last minute if you make plans so a friend helps to keep you from flaking.

#6. STICK TO IT
You need to be disciplined but hopefully, you've applied the previous tips and it won't be so hard to stick to your exercise schedule.


If you're worried about getting bored with your exercise routine, try to change it up often.

You can go to the gym one day, then go run or do some other activity another day, and so on.

If you add variety or a fun element to it, you won't look at it as a strenuous task.

It can even become a fun plan or a good excuse to gather your friends - why not invite them to play volleyball at the beach or the park?



Be healthy and enjoy living life to the fullest with all of your newfound energy!



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