Be realisticYour exercise routine should be sustainable throughout the year. Exercise enough to feel satisfied and increase the difficulty gradually.
Be specificWhat kind of exercise do you want to do? What sort of fitness are you aiming for? Your answers will form the base of your routine.
Ask for helpWork through your "gymtimidation" with a personal trainer, or join a class where everyone is in the same boat as you.
Set different time framesDivide your exercising into long-term (end of the year), medium (monthly), and short-term (daily or weekly) goals, and you’ll have a plan of action.
Figure out your 'why?'You exercise for a reason. That reason should involve your best interests and motivate you when exercising starts feeling like a chore.
Be kind to yourselfExercise is a way to be proud of what your body can achieve and bring your mind clarity, not punishment for being unhealthy.
Make it funDo the exercises you enjoy most, in the environments you enjoy most. That way, you’ll always want to exercise.
Make it easy for yourself
The more accessible you make exercise for yourself, the easier it will be to maintain your routine.
Make a progressive plan
Aim to keep improving. When you’ve completely mastered your routine, it’s time to up the difficulty.
Change your perspective
If you think of exercise as an option, you’re more likely to choose not to do it. Make it mandatory, and you’ll be exercising every day.
Be patient - learn to rest, not quit
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your ideal body. Take a break if you must. Use it to replenish your motivation to exercise again.
Don't forget your mental wellbeing
Account for your mental health when you plan your fitness journey. Don’t let exercise become another stressor.
Note: This blog offers health, fitness and nutritional information for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute, nor does it replace professional medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult a physician before starting any exercise programmes or changing your diet.
How to make New Year’s fitness goals that you will stick to in 2021