If you're part of the roughly 60 percent of people who set resolutions every year, you know how hard it can be to keep them past Easter. Use this list for some extra success this year. And if you're part of the nearly 40 percent who don't make resolutions, this could get you started on the right track!
JOIN A GYM
Look for something close to you: close to home, close to work, somewhere on your commute. This will make it easier to get in there! Look for gyms that offer group fitness classes so you can get started right away with a new routine and maybe meet some new friends!
SIGN UP FOR A FITNESS CLASS
This will help keep you motivated to stay active throughout the week. The more you love the activity the less likely you'll be to skip it.
FIND A FRIEND
This might be the best way to make sure you stay on track. If you feel like skipping a workout or cheating on a meal, you'll have to answer to someone. You can also help keep them accountable. Remember, there is strength in numbers!
SET A WORKOUT REMINDER
If you have a busy schedule, try setting a reminder on your phone or other devices. Having that alarm will make sure that is set aside in your schedule, and before you know it, it will be automatic.
TRY ONE NEW HEALTHY RECIPE EACH WEEK
Preparing meals can be very time-consuming, and sometimes healthy food doesn't sound (or taste) very appetizing. In order to make sure you stick to your diet, look for healthy recipes for some of your favorite foods and add that to your week. It will give you at least one meal to look forward to, and it won't set you back.
DON'T ALLOW EXCUSES
You know yourself better than anyone. When you're planning your goals this year take a moment for each one and try to predict what the greatest obstacle will be. Make a note, set a reminder, or just write them down the old-fashioned way, and keep them visible so when the excuses start to show up, you'll be ready.
GET A FITNESS TRACKER OR FITNESS APP ON YOUR PHONE
There are some great tools and apps available that will allow you to record your activity and diet for the day, making it a lot easier to monitor your progress. If you can see improvements, even in small things throughout the day, you'll be much more likely to keep it up!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Renee Tilley is the member engagement/ health and wellness director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing, Parkwood.s