Top Fitness Tips for the New Year
Create a plan
Chalk out a workout plan with realistic goals. Don’t get swept away or overwhelmed by the task ahead. Take it one step at a time. Break your fitness goal into a series of smaller challenges. Be very specific about what you want to accomplish and set deadlines so that you can monitor your progress. And if you are a beginner ensure that your fitness goals actually work out for your needs.
Learn to do workouts that you like and stick with them till you can graduate to the next level. You could start by joining a nearby gym. Not only do you get access to the latest equipment, but you will also experience increased energy levels after a good workout and you will stay motivated. A gym is a good place to relieve your stress, you will learn from the best and you will get to choose a workout that will fit your specific needs and schedule. These are some of the benefits of joining the gym, especially for fitness.
Consistency is key
A common element that runs and cuts across all New Year fitness plans is consistency. Make sure that while meeting your fitness goals you are consistent in your workouts.
This one is big! Find a way to hold yourself accountable for your fitness resolution. You could write down your goals and achievements, keep a journal, have healthy competitions with family or friends or hire a personal trainer.
An essential prerequisite to gym routines and achieving gym goals is eating healthy. A few pointers will surely help you like- don’t skip breakfast; eat regular meals; include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet; drink plenty of water; eat high fibre foods such as oats, wholegrain bread, beans, peas and lentils; eat smaller portions; avoid junk foods and cut down on alcohol consumption. A healthy diet is a lifestyle approach to not only weight loss but a prolonged life by reducing the risk of weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
Whenever you hit a milestone or even a small accomplishment make sure to reward yourself. The reward can really be anything you want. It may be a dinner with family or friends or any activity which you like to participate in or even buy yourself something. You deserve it! This will keep you motivated to keep pushing yourself.
Remember to have fun
While the main focus of all fitness resolutions is working out and switching to a healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be boring. To make things fun, for your New Year fitness plan, challenge yourself in new and innovative ways.
There are a number of ways you can shake up your routine. Take a break from your schedule once in a while and do something out of the box. If you find yourself drawn to yoga, Zumba, calisthenics or other exercises, ask your trainer to help you incorporate these into your fitness plan.
Don’t skip out on the warm-ups. A proper warm-up is important to get the body ready for injury-free movement. Take time to stretch after your workout and take rest days.