Jan 07, 12
Are you searching for more ways to keep fit all year long so you can keep your New Year’s resolutions and give your body the exercise it needs to stay healthy? This is a great time to set new goals but keeping them can sometimes be difficult. Learning ways to help you have the time and motivation needed to workout will help you meet your long-term goals.
Adjust Your Routine
If you’ve committed to an exercise or sport that you’re having difficultly doing, adjust your routine. If something is too difficult to do, you’ll eventually give it up. It’s much better to change or skip a certain exercise or decrease the length of your routine than it is to stop it all together.
Doing something, even if the workout is shorter than or not as intense as you would like, will help you build up your stamina and strength until you can meet your original goals. Adjusting your routine regularly throughout the year will help you stick with it so you can keep fit all year long.
Don’t Get Discourage and Give Up
Don’t give up even if something interrupts your routine. There may be days when you have to cut your routine short or not workout as hard because of illness or some other problem. This is going to happen from time to time but you can’t let it discourage you to the point that you stop working out.
Continuing with your routine, even if it’s shorter or of lower intensity than normal, will make it easier to stick with it all year than it will be if you skip the routine completely.
If something does interfere with your workout one day and you have to skip it all together, don’t worry. One or two days are not going to make that much of a difference so get back to it as soon as you can. The more time that passes in-between workouts, the harder it will be to get started again.
Don’t Get Impatient
It takes time to get into a healthy routine when it’s not something you normally do. It may be hard at first but it will get easier with time. The longer you run or take part in some other activity, the more it will feel like part of your normal day. Before long, it will become a habit and you’ll feel like you’re missing something when you don’t get to do it. Stay committed to your goals and you will reach them with time.
Warm up before your workout and take other steps to prevent injuries but if an injury does occur, take care of it right away to prevent it from getting worse. Before you start your workout, make sure you’re fully prepared. If you plan to run, you need comfortable clothing and running shoes. Don’t hesitate to celebrate your accomplishments. You deserve a treat every now and then for sticking to your routine and meeting your goals.