Key Ideas To Help You Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

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The New Year – a time for reflections and making improvements -will be here soon ! If you are like most Americans, at some point in your lifetime you have made New Year’s fitness resolutions — and then forgot about them later on. Make up your mind that the upcoming New Year will be different.

Look in the mirror and tell yourself that this time you really mean it. You will stop making empty promises to make changes in your life and then not following through. If  your New Year’s fitness resolutions include improving your fitness and health, you will get it done no matter what else comes up or how hard it becomes! You will feel a superb sense of self- satisfaction and have a much better year if you keep your promise.

Listed below are 10 workout and fitness ideas which will aid you acquire the outcomes you desire from your New Year’s fitness Resolutions to get in shape and stay healthy.

Set Realistic Goals

Resolving to start out by running 10 miles a day is setting yourself up for failure and frustration. I’ll STOP eating my favorite dessert. No way. It’s not going to happen. Say instead, I am going to walk and run a mile or two a day. In five months, I will be running 5 to 10 miles a day. I will only eat my favorite dessert once a week instead of every day.

Your fitness goals should include working out the whole body – a cardiovascular workout which improves the function and health of the heart and weight-bearing exercises that improves your overall strength.

Write Out Your Plans

The old saying: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is very true. Write a general outline of how you plan to reach your new health and fitness goals. If necessary, talk to a fitness trainer or anyone who is already into physical fitness and working out.

Use the Friend or Buddy System

Tell your friends and family members about your New Year’s fitness resolutions . Find a pal, co-worker, or family member who also wishes to improve their fitness and health. Make out a schedule to workout together as much as possible. Encourage, support, and push each other as you workout together.

Don’t Make Excuses

Sometimes, the mind will say yes, but the body will say no. On some days, you will have so much to do that there is no time to exercise. Maybe, the weather is too bad to exercise. I could go on and on.

All I have to say about excuses is that when you make one, it becomes easier to make two the next time – then three, and so on. I say when you schedule a time to work out, just do it — even if you can exercise for only a few minutes. Workout early in the morning or late in the afternoon, if you have to.

If the weather is bad, you have to improvise ways to workout indoors. A good fitness workout to do indoors or when you don’t have a lot of time is the All-in-One Toner
 – “A side-step squat with wood chop works your arms, torso, abs, back, legs, inner thighs and butt. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a three- to four-pound medicine ball in your hands. Bend your arms up so that the ball is at eye level over your right shoulder. As you bring the ball toward your left knee, step out with your left leg and bend it no further than 90 degrees, keeping your right leg straight. Return to the starting position. Do 10 to 15 reps and repeat on the other leg.” – Fitness Magazine

Keep Track Of Your Progress

There are various techniques to track your progress. The exact technique will depend on what your goals are. However, all of your goals should be measureable. Keep a log book or diary.

There are different tools to measure your workout progress – your scale, mirror, your clothes, tape measure, fat calibrator, energy level, ease of flexibility, improvements in strength, stamina and positive comments others make.

Take A Break From Time To Time

Like any other machine, the body sometime needs a break. Listen to your body and take a day off to allow your body to recuperate when necessary. You don’t have to exercise every day of the year to accomplish your fitness goals.

Stay Motivated

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Ask yourself this question when your desire begins to slip: Is an investment in my health important to me? The answer should obviously be yes. Your health is the most important thing you possess. However, you must be willing to do what it takes to keep it. Another way to stay motivated is to read various health and fitness blog sites and fitness books that will show you how others have succeeded in keeping their New Year’s fitness resolutions . Tell yourself if they can do it, so can I.

Give Yourself A Reward

Reward yourself and pat yourself on the back from time to time. There are many ways to reward yourself. Use your imagination. A few examples are: a sweet treat, a cool or warm tub experience, a shopping spree, go to a movie, and a much anticipated special reward at the end of the month, such as a trip to the casino, or some other destination.

Treat Your Achy and Sore Muscles

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Always stretch before and after you workout. Taking a cold or warm bath will also eliminate achy or sore muscles. When I was in college, a basketball player that I knew would always take a warm shower before every game. I asked him why he did that one day. He replied that the warm shower increased his flexibility and circulation and helped him perform better at the start of the game. This practice can also work for you.

Don’t Ever Quit Or Give Up

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The human body is like a cold car in the winter. Unless you turn the switch to on in the car the engine will never warm up. When it becomes very difficult to workout, you must turn the switch to ON in your mind. It is then that your mindset will change from I can’t to I will… I can… I must. When you begin to workout, the body will begin to warm-up and your exercise routine will be up and running. You have complete control over your mind and what you think.

Remember that getting in shape or losing weight won’t happen overnight. You must be persistent and patient. Recommit yourself if necessary, and take it one day at a time. In time, you will see a difference. You will begin to feel better both physically and mentally. So no matter how difficult it becomes, stay on track, and recommit if you have to. But do not quit!

Do I practice what I preach? Not always, but I too, am resolving to do better in 2014 (esp. since my doctor told me that I suffered a quiet heart attack months or years ago). I realize some of you hate to exercise. This is natural. A close family member told me recently that she hate to exercise because it makes her sweat, and messes up her hairdo. My reply was: Would you rather have a nice hairdo along with obesity, diabetes, and heart problems, or a healthy body along with a messed up hairdo that can easily be fixed?

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What are your 2014 fitness goals? Share New Year’s fitness resolutions and any unique ideas in the comments section below.

 

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