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December 28 2016

A Countdown to Making Good on Your Fitness Resolutions

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, happy New Year! When the clock strikes 12 o’clock, 2017 will emerge as the year you set a personal goal of maintaining your fitness and going to the gym. Every year, millions have the same goal; however, after a few months people lose their motivation. The following countdown will help you stay on track and make sure you ring in the 2018 year feeling confident and strong about your past fitness resolutions.
10. Set a realistic goal you want to achieve

Whether it is becoming stronger or shedding a few pounds, set realistic and achievable goals that are not too intense or drastic. Start small, and then progressively alter your goals as you achieve the smaller ones. That way, you’ll be checking more fitness goals off your list.
9. Stick to a schedule

A schedule can be a main motivator to log and keep track of what days you want to exercise. As well as making you organized, you can set your schedule depending on your availability.  That way working out becomes a part of your daily routine and not a chore.
8. Grab a friend

Find gym buddies.  This way you can keep one another motivated during hard practices or exercises. They, too, will keep you company during your workout so you know you have a supportive individual you can count on to help you stay on track of your goals.

7. Try different activities

Just running or just lifting weights can become boring, and you may lose interest quickly. Switch up your schedule once in a while by trying new classes or exercises that you may enjoy, like yoga, rock climbing, or spinning. Different activities also engage different muscles of the body, so you are working your whole body while also having fun.

6. Make an inspiration board

This easy DIY makes both for a creative decoration and motivator. Take quotes you love and any images that inspire your fitness goals, and make a poster that you can hang up on your wall. This can be a constant reminder of why you are pushing your body to a change.

5.  When motivation is low, focus on what you want to achieve at the end

You’ll have those days where you just want to sleep in. It’s okay to have those days, but don’t lose sight of what you want to achieve. Visualize what it will feel like to accomplish all that you have been working for the next year.  Trust me it will make you want to get up on those hard days.

4. Reward yourself

Of course during your hard workout sessions, it is important to eat healthy in order to fuel your muscles. But, you deserve a dessert or your favorite treat in order to reward yourself for all of your handwork throughout the year. Treats also serve as a possible motivator to get you through a workout.

3. Don’t be afraid to take a rest

Staying healthy throughout your fitness goals is key to remaining on top of your goals. Look at it this way, if you are too tired and wind up getting sick, this can set you back. Get sleep and wake up energized to take on the day!

2. Positive thinking

If you are not seeing results right away, don’t worry! Keep up your positivity because, in the end, you know you will feel so much better when you achieve those goals. Working out is a test of your physical and mental strength. Not only will your body feel stronger, but you will also feel ready to tackle anything that comes your way.

1. Have fun!

Have fun working out, it will give you the drive to push yourself even higher if you are doing something you love!

 

Now, go out there, grab your favorite pair of sneakers, and rock the world with your fitness resolutions and confidence!

Emma Spoldi

About Emma Spoldi

Hi, my name is Emma! I’m a true Cali-girl at heart, but I now live in northern New Jersey about 45 minutes away from NYC. Currently I am studying New Media and Digital Design, as well as Journalism, at Fordham University as a sophomore. If you ever need to find me, you can catch me exploring NYC’s busy streets or trying new types of food at restaurants. I am also a dog enthusiast and will think ANY, literally any, dog is cute...aka send me pictures. Apart from graduating college, one of my big goals is to run the New York City Marathon, so you can count on me if you need a fitness buddy!

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