Better physical health is one the most popular New Year’s resolution. Every year gym memberships sky rocket in January. Attendance is high at first, then a few weeks later only a fraction of the members remain. New gym-goers usually start off strong, before a flood of excuses for why they can’t. Unfortunately, most never get to the 12-week mark, the amount of time it takes to see any physical change.
If you are looking to transform your New Year’s resolution into a healthy lifestyle, try these tips:
Build a Routine
If you don’t already have a fitness routine then start now, and start small. Start with cardio, committing to hour long walks a few times a week. The goal is to build a sustainable routine. Use the walks to gain momentum which will help you develop a fitness routine.
Nutrition is an essential part of any good fitness routine. Before you change your diet, you need to know what and how much you’re eating. Use a memo-pad or food tracking app to track your food.
Tracking your routine gives you a clear picture of what you’ve done and what you need to do. Use a diary, your favorite app, or a paper calendar to help you schedule and track your routine.
Rest to Recover
Doing too much, too fast will cause your mind and body to burnout. This can set you back weeks, even months. Building in rest days into your routine are important. When you exercise, give your body the time it needs to rest and recover.
Think of the gym as one of the many tools you’ll use to help yourself adopt a fitness routine. When you have a sustainable routine, and you are tracking food and cardio; it’s time to join the gym.