Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions On Track For 2017

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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 a month later. 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. 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!

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.”

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.

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 maintain your good health.

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, or a much anticipated special reward at the end of the month.

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. You have complete control over your mind and what you think.

What are your 2017 fitness goals? Share a few of your New Year’s fitness resolutions and any unique ideas in the comments section below.

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