With 2017 now behind us, it’s time to start acting on your New Year’s fitness resolutions. There’s no better time than now to banish those bad habits and jump on the fitness wagon! For many, however, that means starting the year with good intentions, following an overly indulgent festive season, only to fall at the first hurdle.
But how do you stay motivated and keep the momentum up for the long-term? Here’s some tips that should help you stay on track!
Learn to walk before you run
Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a veteran athlete, the last thing you want to do is burn yourself out! Sure, pushing yourself is important, but aiming too high can become detrimental to your efforts. Taking it slower at the beginning will obviously take more time, but you’ll be able to recover quicker whilst staying injury-free and inspired. Your body will thank you for it down the line!
Schedule an event or competition
You’re much more likely to stick to your routine when faced with the idea of something that will take you out of your comfort zone. Be it a marathon, triathlon or strength competition, booking early in the year gives you something to actually work towards, and you’ll be less likely to hang up those running shoes!
Invest in the right equipment
If you’re dedicating yourself to exercising four times a week, you may find yourself quickly tiring of your traditional routine. Experiment with kettlebells, medicine balls, power bags and other functional fitness equipment to incorporate some variety into your workouts. You can add to your collection over time, choosing exactly what works for you and what you want to achieve. The more varied your exercise programme is, the more fun and engaging you’ll find it! Plus, when you invest in something, you care more about it, so you should expect far better results!
Don’t beat yourself up
The likelihood is that at some point everyone will slip up, whether it’s missing a few training sessions, deviating from your diet, or simply losing motivation after reaching a plateau. It’s important to accept that you will have ups and downs along the way, but not to let them derail you. Work within your limits, taking it one day at a time until you’re back on track.
Remember why you started
If you’re feeling demotivated and struggling to stick with your resolution, remind yourself why you started, and what you want to accomplish. Looking back at everything you’ve achieved in your journey up to this point, and realising how far you’ve already come can be just the thing to revitalise your mind set, pushing you on to obtaining those goals.
Unsure of what equipment you need to achieve your 2018 goals? Visit your nearest showroom for expert in-store advice to ensure you’re on the right path!