How many years in a row have you made the same New Year’s resolution to get fit? If you’re like most people, it’s been several years. This year, you can finally make it a reality. If you start planning now to lose weight and get fit in the new year you can take a few easy steps to make sure that you stick to your resolution this year and lose that extra weight. If you want to be successful at keeping your New Year’s resolution and not give up after a month or two, here are the things that you need to do:
Write It Down
When you write something down you are statistically more like to actually do it. To accomplish your resolution, write down your fitness and weight loss goals. Be specific about what you want to accomplish. Do you want to lose two dress sizes? Get 6 pack abs? Be able to run a 5K? Think about the goals that you want to reach and write them down. Include your plan for the steps you plan to take on the way to your goal. You are unlikely to reach a lofty goal without a definite strategy for achieving it.
Join A Gym
It’s easy to say that you’re going to lose weight and get fit this year, but you have to take action to back that up. Gyms are packed with new people in January who all think they want to lose weight but by February those gyms will have far fewer people in them. Don’t just search for “gyms near me” and join the first one you find. Make sure your gym has the equipment and classes you’ll want to access as part of your long-term plan. The gym’s location (near your job or home) must fit into your life, too.
Once you join a gym, make sure you have a realistic plan for making use of your gym membership. Don’t plan to exercise two hours per day, seven days per week. Instead, commit to getting healthy and fit by working out three days per week. Once the gym becomes a part of your routine, you can increase the number of days per week or how long you exercise. The first step is showing up on a regular basis. Remember that you have invested in a gym membership. Make the most of this investment in your health.
Make A Schedule
You have to exercise to lose weight. There’s no other way. That means that you have to schedule time for exercise into your day. If you don’t have time scheduled for a workout, it’s really easy to fill up your time with other things. Having a schedule makes it harder to skip your workout because you don’t feel like it, because the weather is bad, or because it’s dark outside. Schedule time to hit the gym most days of the week so that it becomes a habit. If it’s written down in your schedule, you are much more likely to do it.
Exercise is an essential part of weight loss, but it’s not the only thing that you need to do. Changing your diet can be as important as exercising. Do some research on healthy diets and find a way of eating that fits your budget and lifestyle. Don’t think that you have to radically change your diet in order to lose weight. You don’t have to stop eating carbs or only eat certain kinds of food. Small changes like drinking water instead of soda and swapping out chips for vegetables at lunch can make a big difference in your weight and in your overall health. Small steps add up to big weight loss if you commit and stick to your plan.