Get in shape this year with these tips for lasting New Year’s resolutions.
Getting organized, repairing a relationship, getting out of debt, or furthering your education—they’re popular resolutions, but they’re not the most popular. You could probably guess that last year—and most likely this year as well—the most common resolution is to lose weight.
While you may not be the type of person to make New Year’s resolutions, you probably have personal goals you’d like to reach or things you’d like to do differently this year. Losing weight or getting in shape is likely near the top of your list. This year, things are going to change for you. Don’t get stressed out knowing that only a small percentage of New Year’s resolutions last throughout the year. Here are a few tips to beat the odds and make exercise a priority in 2015.
Find a Balance
Pouring sweat, pouring tears, and searing pain. If this is the image in your mind when it comes to exercise, it’s time to change your perspective. Yes, exercise can be this extreme, but it doesn’t have to be. High-intensity workouts are what some people choose to do, but they’re not a requirement for health and fitness.
Getting 150 minutes (two and one-half hours) a week of moderate-intensity exercise at a pace you can talk through is all it takes. Broken down in a sample routine, that’s 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the health of your heart, lungs, and cardiovascular system and 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise on Tuesday and Thursday to benefit your bones, joints, and muscles.
Set Achievable Goals
New Year’s resolutions are centered on goals. Maybe your goal is general—you want to lose weight, get in shape, or improve your health. Or perhaps you have a specific goal in mind. In a few months, you want to run a 5K, lose 25 pounds, or lower your cholesterol without medication.
For a resolution to be successful, the goal must be realistic and attainable. Break the big goal down into smaller milestones. For example, if you want to bench press 150 pounds, make it your goal to increase the weight by 10 pounds each month. If you want to lose 50 pounds, aim to lose four pounds a month.
Once you’ve set your goal, write it down, keep record of your progress, and share it with family and friends who will support and encourage you.
Do What You Enjoy
Wonder what the best exercise is for losing weight and getting fit? The answer is any exercise you’ll do. Running burns a lot of calories and will get you in shape, but if you hate to run your resolutions will fail. The key to making exercise a routine part of your lifestyle is to find a workout you enjoy. Think about your hobbies and interests. Sports fans may like playing on a competitive team, outdoor enthusiasts may prefer hiking or cycling, socialites may enjoy jogging or walking with a friend. Whoever you are and whatever you like, go for it!
Make It a Priority
Taking a look at your daily planner may cause you to wonder how in the world you’ll fit in one more activity. It all comes down to priorities. Chances are you can rearrange your schedule to accommodate half an hour of exercise a day. When one chunk of time isn’t possible, break it up into three 10-minute intervals of exercise or combine exercise with other activities (walk laps while your child has soccer practice). Basically, do what works for you!
Ease into It
When it comes to exercise, it’s smart to start small and slow and gradually increase the time and intensity, otherwise you’ll be overly sore, get injured, and want to quit.
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