The most common New Year’s Resolutions are those that revolve around health. Many of us start the year off with gusto, vowing to eat better or get to the gym more. It’s far easier to set a resolution than to stick with one, though. By March or April, resolve often begins to fizzle, and we’re back in the same boat we were in last year—and perhaps the year before.
To help yourself stay on the bandwagon throughout the year, make sure to choose resolutions you can be consistent with. The best kinds of workout plans are the ones you’ll actually stick with. It’s better to make modest plans that you’ll adhere to all year than to make larger-than-life goals that are overwhelming and discouraging.
Commitment to a regular workout can work wonders for your physical and mental health in the coming year. Here are a few ideas to get started:
Making a Plan
When you design your fitness program, map out a specific plan for the activities that you will do on a consistent basis. Make sure to mix it up. It can be easy to get bored and give up on the same old thing.
A well-designed fitness plan will give you a better chance of reaching your goals. You don’t have to exercise every day—just three days a week can make a significant difference. Once you draw up your plan, though, commit to stick with it, even on days when you may not be in an exercising mood.
After you decide on the type of exercises to be included in your fitness plan, choose the amount of time you need for your workouts. If you’re very busy during certain months of the year, maybe a 15-minute workout is all you can squeeze out, but that’s better than nothing. Creating a realistic schedule will give you a better chance of being consistent throughout the year.
Exercising with consistency is essential to your physical health. You will get optimal results from your exercises if you build up to higher levels as you progress. Running several miles in one day and then idling for the next few weeks is tough on your body. Even if you only add a small measure of increased intensity to your workout each day, make sure you’re consistently pushing yourself.
The Magic of Consistency
Most of us love “one and done” projects, but exercise isn’t one of them. It only benefits us if we do it on an ongoing basis. A consistent workout schedule offers more than just physical help, too. It can reduce stress, clear your head, and give you more energy. Consistency also helps you form a habit. That way, you don’t have to decide anew every time you think of going to the gym. Your mind and body will already be on board.