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Be honest: How many times has this happened to you? You start the new year off by enthusiastically declaring a fitness resolution. For the first few weeks or months, you’re going strong and getting excited about all the goals you will reach by the end of the year.
After a while, however, you start to lose motivation. Perhaps you miss a workout or give into the temptation of a “cheat meal” when you should be dieting. Eventually, you’ve fallen so far off the fitness bandwagon that you just give up on your New Year’s resolution altogether.
We’ve all been guilty of losing motivation when it comes to our annual fitness goals. In fact, it’s so common that an estimated 80 percent of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions after just one month.
Luckily for you, there are ways that you can become the exception to that rule rather than just another statistic. Contrary to what you might believe, there are many ways to keep your fitness-related New Year’s resolutions throughout the year. You just have to find what works best for you.
Don’t Give Up.
Falling off the bandwagon or enjoying a “cheat” meal doesn’t mean you have to give up on your goal. Just remind yourself of the reasons why you became dedicated to this goal in the first place - then jump back on the bandwagon and get back on track!
Have a workout buddy.
This could be a coworker, a close friend, a relative, or even your spouse. If you feel your motivation slipping, you’ll have someone to hold you accountable for your daily workout. You could schedule times to meet in-person (or via Skype, if you live far away from each other) to work out together. You might meet up each week to try a different group class at your favorite local gym, from yoga to kickboxing.
If you are more competitive, you could even turn it into a friendly competition. Whoever loses the most weight at the end of the month enjoys a free meal courtesy of the other person. There are endless options when it comes to working out with friends.
Hire a fitness trainer or coach
If you’ve ever wondered whether hiring a personal trainer or health coach might be worth the money, science tells us it is. Research indicates that professional health coaches are able to boost their clients’ success rates and help them maintain their fitness and weight-loss goals.
If you’re struggling to stay motivated, there’s no reason to go it alone. Why not get a coach or trainer?
Workout with Fido
Bringing your pet into your workout routine can be another great way to stay motivated. There are many benefits to working out with your favorite four-legged friend. Dogs the most upbeat and energetic workout partners, requiring a certain amount of physical activity each day.
Perhaps this is why researchers found that Michigan dog owners are 34 percent more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week versus those who didn’t own a dog. Additionally, dog owners tend to outlive cat owners, possibly because all that dog walking is good for your heart.
Some creative ways to work out with your pet might include going for a walk, jog or run at a dog-friendly park, dog yoga; dog-friendly Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) or outdoor sports such as trail running and hiking.
Remember: You Can Do It!
We set fitness resolutions because we’re excited about them, dedicated to them or because we know we need them. If you’ve resolved to become fit and healthy, you undoubtedly want to succeed in achieving your goal. Good luck!