Got Exercise on your Resolution List?
1/5/2018 4:15:14 PM
Workout Resolutions

Gym regulars know: January at the gym is jam-packed. A rush of New Year’s resolution-makers with the best of intentions swarm the weight room, fill the exercise classes, and grab coveted spots on the cardio machines.

But before long — by February, maybe — the resolution-makers have become resolution-breakers. The madness has passed, and the regulars have the place to themselves again.

If you have a history of making and breaking exercise resolutions, don’t worry. With a few simple steps, you can become a committed exerciser.

Be realistic. Otherwise you’ll set yourself up for failure. For example, if you currently never work out, don’t commit to going to the gym five days a week or to running every morning before work. Those are good ways to burn out or get hurt. Instead, start small — commit to twice-weekly gym visits, perhaps, or take a walk three days a week. After you’ve established a certain level of exercise, you can increase the number, duration, and/or intensity of your workouts.

Be accountable. Or rather, have someone to be accountable to. If you have a friend or two to work out with, great. Knowing that someone is expecting you to show up can be a real motivator on days when you’d rather hit the snooze button. Other options include joining a fitness class, hiring a trainer, or simply giving a friend or family member regular updates about your progress.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you skip a week (or two or three) you aren’t a failure. Just restart your routine — or a new one. If you need to, start small and work your way back up.

Make it fun. If you hate running, then by all means, don’t run! Take a Zumba class, hike in the woods, ride your bike, play basketball with your friends, or find something else you enjoy doing. Better yet, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability suggests mixing things up. If you like variety, don’t do the same workout every day. Instead, incorporate a variety of exercises into your regular rotation.

Have a plan. According to fitness website Active.com, you should answer three questions before you start a new exercise routine: 
  1. When will I exercise? 
  2. What type of exercise will I do? 
  3. How much time will each exercise session last?
It will be easier to stick with a plan if you have one in the first place! But don’t be afraid to change it regularly as you progress. Likewise, you don’t have to follow your plan to a T. If you’re scheduled to go for a walk at 7:30 but you feel like lifting weights at 6:30, go for it!

Staying committed to your exercise resolutions won’t be effortless, but it will be worth it. Make 2018 the year those resolutions stick!
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