How To Stick To Your Fitness Resolutions This Year


If your New Year's resolution is to get in shape, you've got every reason to. Aside from the fulfillment of looking great and feeling great in your body, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression are at alarming levels. In fact, close to 10 percent of the population currently has diabetes. Now is as good a time as any to get in shape, lose some weight and build some muscle, and a New Year's resolution provides a good boost. 

However, most people's resolutions fall by the wayside. To stick to your resolutions and hit your goals, use these tips. 

Start Small (Even Small Than You Think), and Journal Your Progress

The problem most people make is that they set their goals too high. While the late Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker and business mogul, preached that your goals should magnetize you and make you a better person, too many people also fall into the trap of setting goals that are unrealistic, simply for the temporary emotional high. 

Instead, have an overarching goal, say, losing 30 pounds, but make your immediate goals incredibly small. Instead of saying that you're going to get a gym membership and hit the gym 6 days a week every week for the entire year, set the goal that you'll walk to the end of the driveway tomorrow, or that you'll walk around the block the next day, or go to the gym and hit the treadmill for 10 minutes. 

The purpose behind this is that you will start to create a habit, which builds momentum that will carry you through the process. To build on this momentum, start a journal where you not only track your progress, but write out your thoughts. This way, you will remember the "why" and will keep yourself on the road to meeting your goals. 

Mix Up Your Workouts and Do Some Workouts For Pure Enjoyment

Get a gym membership at an establishment that has more than just weights and machines. Lots of gyms today offer things like martial arts, rock climbing, dance classes and sauna treatments. When you have access to this variety, you can then do some workouts that are strictly for fun. 

If you are hitting the weights three times per week, mix it up on the fourth day with a dance off or a game of basketball. By keeping fun at the forefront, you are more likely to hit your goals. 

You will stick to your resolutions and get in shape if you follow this track to success. Contact a gym, like YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, to get started.


11 January 2019

Exercising for Life

Growing up, I had a weight problem. In school, I was usually the largest kid in my classes. When I was a teenager, my mom bought an aerobics video. One night, when the rest of my family members went to a restaurant, I stayed home alone. I decided to do aerobics. Immediately, I was hooked. During the next year, I lost over 30 pounds from exercising. Almost 20 years later, I still enjoy exercising regularly. And, I weigh the same I did in high school --just in muscle. On this blog, you will discover how exercising regularly can help you maintain a healthy weight for life.