Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions. A common one is to get more exercise, slim down or get back into shape. Unfortunately, it’s a resolution that’s much easier to make than to keep. However, here are some tips to help you keep that resolution and achieve your goals.
Starting slow is one of the most important parts to remember. It’s very tempting to exert yourself significantly at the beginning, while you’re still enthusiastic and have other people who encourage you in this goal. However, you should start slow so that you don’t injure yourself through unaccustomed exertion and give yourself a sprain or break something. Do just a couple repetitions of a light weight if you’re interested in lifting weights; when running, go for a light jog for the first couple days, then increase the intensity of the workout.
Exercising with other people is also a good idea. At first glance, perhaps it doesn’t seem like a good idea- it can be hard to coordinate your schedules, things might be difficult to coordinate the intensity of the workout to suit people who need different amounts of energy. However, this is outweighed by one of a couple benefits. The biggest benefit is that all you will have the motivation to continue, because you won’t want to disappoint your friends. Secondly, they will help encourage you to ramp up your exercise but keep you at a healthy and safe level.
Setting realistic goals is very important. Don’t expect to lose 15 pounds in 2 months through exercise, or run a marathon in your first month. Setting unrealistic goals like this will only lead to disappointment and lack of motivation to continue exercising. The important thing to remember is that every increment helps- every half hour walk, every situp, every weight repetition. Setting a realistic goal will allow you to meet it every day, which will help with your motivation to continue, and allow you to exceed it once in a while, which will help you to feel successful.
While running and situps are fairly easy to arrange at home, lifting weights might seem harder or more complicated to arrange. However, a gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, so you can lift a couple gallons of water to train yourself for weights. If storage is the major issue, you can also buy water weights, which you fill in the sink and can store deflated.
It is very easy to add a bit of exercise into your daily routine. You don’t need to set aside a half hour or an hour every day just to exercise- park at the other end of the lot at the grocery store or at work. When you have lunch, eat a sandwich and go for a walk. Take the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator. Take your kids for a stroll around the neighborhood at dinner.
Staying in shape is a lot easier than a lot of people think, but it still takes a lot of effort and dedication. However, these tips should help you keep that resolution and stay healthy.