As we approach the new year, it’s important to remember to take things slow. Many create a laundry list of New Year resolutions and fail to either start them, achieve them, or stay committed long enough to see the results come to fruition. This applies to new habits, getting rid of old habits, trying something new, making tough decisions,etc. the list goes on.
Whether you’re starting to workout for the 1st time, getting back into a workout routine, or deciding to try this resolution again, the important thing is to take things at your own pace. There are different ways to make sure you achieve your health & wellness goals and none of them are to jump into anything head first.
1. Holding yourself accountable
This can be done a few ways...
- Committing to a time/day that works for you that doesn’t leave room for an excuse.
- Having a friend on the same journey as you to pick each other up when you feel unmotivated.
- Internal motivation can be done by giving yourself small goals. (referring to an old picture, working out 2 times per/week and slowly adding another day week after week, finding a reason that’s special to you to keep the momentum)
2. Starting at a level that works for YOU NOW
- Just because you were squatting 200lbs 3 months ago doesn’t mean you pick up where you left off. Start slow again and you’ll build your strength up again. The last thing you want is to injure yourself because you went too hard too fast.
-You may enter a workout class (as a 1st timer) and see a variety of individuals at all different fitness levels. Remember that everyone started where you are and with hard work and dedication they are now reaching THEIR goals. If anything use it as motivation for yourself if that helps. Go at YOUR OWN pace.
3. The List
Your New Year's resolution list is 2 pages long. Where do you start?
- A common mistake people make is trying to implement all 20 changes at once, this has been proven time and time again to be unsuccessful. Start with the one(s) that seem most attainable to start at that moment.
- You may enter a workout class (as a 1st timer) and see a variety of individuals at all different fitness levels. Remember that everyone started where you are and with hard work and dedication they are now reaching THEIR goals. If anything use it as motivation for yourself if that helps. Go at YOUR OWN pace. the schedule. Whatever it is, don’t feel pressured to rush into starting anything too fast.
4. Social Media
- A common trend nowadays is to post updates to social media platforms constantly. This is especially relevant when it comes to new years resolutions pertaining to fitness. This can either be helpful or harmful.
- Helpful: You can follow along with other friends/family member’s fitness journeys and cheer each other on. A lot of people find it a way to hold themselves accountable since your posting about it to the public. It can help foster a community!
- Harmful: If you tend to compare yourself to others, then being active regarding your fitness journey on social media might not be the best option for you. Honor what works for you.
Whatever your goals are this year, be kind to yourself. It's not worth the stress to try and achieve everything at once. Take your time.
-Body One Fitness