New Year, new you? It sounds cliché, but there’s nothing like the start of a new year to kick-start new lifestyle changes. However, whilst it seems empowering, focusing on the negatives and what you’d like to change could put unnecessary pressure on you at what is supposed to be a joyous time.
Instead of setting an unattainable goal or beating yourself up about your fitness, simply perfect what you’re already doing and keep your mind focused on the positives. This method not only gives us an extra boost, but it is more likely to lead us towards long-term success.
By adopting a positive mindset and combining it with the following tips, you stand a far better chance of sticking to your New Year’s fitness resolutions beyond January.
Work on your form
You’ve been working all year but you’re still not quite at the stage you’d like to be; sound familiar? This could be down to your form. Whilst you might be making the effort to workout, it’s important to ensure you’re doing so correctly. Perfecting your form can make your workout much more worthwhile.
Of course, you could also risk an injury if you’re not careful, which will undo the good work you’ve been doing. You wouldn’t want to fall behind because of a damaged ankle or sprained wrist, so be careful and ask an expert to take a look at your technique.
Try a new class
Bored of going for a run? Try a gym class to give you a boost. The instructor will keep an eye on you to make sure you’re performing each move correctly and as we just mentioned before, that’s a huge bonus!
Trying something new can totally revitalise your workout plan. You can find new inspirations and new sequences that may have an even bigger impact than your current plan. If you stick to the same monotonous plan, you’ll quickly get bored of exercising. Keep it fresh and exciting!
Join the gym
DW Fitness Clubs recently found that 1 in 4 of us are planning to sign up to a new gym in 2016. It’s safe to assume that not all of those are brand new health and fitness enthusiasts. Fitness DVDs and the great outdoors mean that exercise is open to everyone, but a gym will offer you much more specialist workout equipment.
Whether you’re a total newbie or you’ve been working on your own plan, there’s no better time to sign up for the gym.
Work out with friends
Grab your friends for your next run. A joint challenge will help you to both keep on top of your goals and even add a competitive edge. Maintaining your resolution is easier when you have friends to share the journey with. They can keep you motivated when the cravings kick in and drag you out of bed when you don’t fancy that early morning gym class.
Focus on where you’ve come from, before you become critical of yourself! 2016 is about continuing the fantastic progress you’ve made so far. Let’s continue the hard work to achieve our goals in the new year!