With the New Year comes a lot of new goals. And if your 2016 was anything like mine, the gym is first on your list this year! According to Forbes, only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions throughout the entire year! That can be a pretty intimidating statistic. Especially if you’re a beginner when it comes to the gym. So here are a few tips to help you get started and stay motivated this year!
Set a schedule that works for you
Not a morning person? Then 6 AM workouts may not be a realistic goal for you. Adjust your workout schedule to fit your daily routine. If you just can’t seem to find the time, try workouts that you can do from your living room like Yoga or Pilates. Just try and dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to some kind of physical activity.
Plan your work out
A quick way to lose motivation is frustration. Don’t just show up to the gym and “wing it”. Set a plan for yourself! Know exactly what you want to do and how long you want to do it BEFORE you even get there! This will not only save time but it helps you to zero in on your daily goal and kick butt in the gym!
Get a buddy
Accountability is key when it comes to making a positive change. It’s a lot harder to skip the gym if there is someone there waiting for you! If you don’t have any like-minded friends that want to accompany you to the gym, consider hiring a personal trainer. Not only will they be reliable, but they’ll also provide you with some professional insight about your workout routine.
Track your progress
Three words. Before and after! If you’re staying consistent with your workout and diet, it won’t take long to see your body begin to change. Make sure to track your progress by recording milestones and taking “Before and After” pictures.
Start with the basics
Let’s face it, neither of us will be Professional Bodybuilders anytime soon. So don’t try and do the Bodybuilder level workouts on your first day. Start out small then slowly increase intensity and duration when your body is ready!
Variety of Workouts
Switch it up! If you feel yourself starting to get bored with your workouts, try something new! Maybe run a different route or do your workouts somewhere with a view. Making your workouts fun will help make it seem less like “work”.
A great way to keep yourself motivated is to set goals for yourself. Maybe you want to shave 2 minutes off your mile time, or maybe you want to be able to bench press 10 more pounds. Whatever it is.. Write it down and work towards it! Once you accomplish that goal, set another! Then.. Repeat!
Fix your diet
I know, I know.. Now it’s time to have the talk about food. As much as we’d all love to eat whatever we want and not gain weight, the reality of it is that your diet plays a HUGE part in your physical fitness. No point in kicking butt in the gym if you’re going to reward yourself with a big fat donut! Sometimes it’s easiest to start with decreasing your portions. As your stomach begins to shrink, start making larger adjustments to your everyday meals.
Find a Favorite Protein
Protein, protein, PROTEIN! Whether you drink it before or after your workout, make sure that you’re getting your protein shake in. This will help to fuel your workout and burn fat! Protein shakes are also a great way to fill a sweet tooth. My favorite protein, for example, makes Cookies & Cream protein bars! I like to microwave them and it tastes just like a freshly baked cookie. Yum! Who needs candy bars?!
You’re only hurting yourself by not sticking to your goals! Always remember that consistency is key! If you’re tired of starting over.. Stop giving up!
Enjoy your work out!!
Always stay POSITIVE! You’re not going to stick to your workout regimen if you fill your head with negativity before or after the gym. Think positive thoughts and try to stay excited about this change in your life. This will be tough at first, but once those results start rollin’ in, the gym will be the best part of your day.