THAT New Year’s Resolution

by Jackie on January 2, 2015

So, 2015 is upon us, and it’s time to start talking about what many Americans’ choose to have as their “New Year’s Resolution.” To exercise more.

Now, “more” can mean many things. Some of us make that resolution with the word more because we are not exercising at all. And that’s ok. Having the ambition to start 2015 off with exercising more is an excellent resolution. It can help you lose weight, build muscle, make daily tasks easier to perform and improve your overall health.

But the end goal is to not only get in shape, but stay in shape right? It’s possible that many of you that have made this your New Year’s Resolution will start off excellent, and over time, may gradually lose steam, and slip back into your old routine. What these following steps will allow you to do is to not only exercise “more”, but often!

  1. Start Off Slow. Starting an exercise routine after long periods of inactivity can put a lot of stress on your body leading to overuse injuries. Starting off slow will allow your body to gradually get used to your workout, prevent injuries and get into shape faster.
  2. Get with Others. Find a sport or organized activity to get involved with. Whether it’s a group that bikes together or friends that play basketball, group exercising is a great way to get physically active. If you play a sport you enjoy, time flies by very quickly. Having fun while exercising will make for a much better workout and you are much more likely to stick to an activity you enjoy.
  3. Choose a Well-Rounded Routine. When starting a new routine, be sure to include all components of fitness: flexibility, cardiovascular and strength training. Concentrating only on one instead of all will cause you to miss out on key benefits unique to each component.
  4. Find a Workout Buddy. When starting an exercise resolution, one of the best ways to ensure success is to find a workout buddy. Jumping into a routine alone can be overwhelming. Finding a workout buddy will help you create a workout routine and stay motivated long after the New Year is over. It’s a lot harder to let a friend down than it is yourself. A friend can push you to work harder and help you stay focused on your ultimate goal.
  5. Keep Track of Your Progress. Tracking your progress will let you know if you’re moving in the right direction. You should keep track of weights, number of repetitions and cardio times/intensities. Each time you do a workout, you can compare your new results to the ones you’ve written down to make sure you’re steadily improving. You can also keep track of other metrics including body weight and body fat percentage.

Exercise resolutions are no different than any other type of resolution. To see real improvements from a successful resolution, you need to set realistic goals (with time frames) and put concrete steps into place to reach them. Here’s to starting fresh in 2015!

Jackie

Jackie

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.
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