Do you struggle when it comes to keeping your New Year’s resolutions for more than a month? You’re not the only one.
Forming habits, reaching goals, and not losing motivation can be incredibly difficult. So, we thought we’d tackle some key pitfalls and share some tips on keeping your new year’s gym resolutions.
First off, Have you set something that is achievable, realistic, and meaningful to you?
If something doesn’t seem realistically achievable then we’re more likely to give up at the first big hurdle. Let’s set an example goal: “I want to run a marathon”. Instead of simply thinking of the distant end goal, we need to break down the objective into smaller steps. Breaking things down mentally into more manageable tasks will guide you along your path to eventual success – in this case building up to running the full distance of a marathon.
For this build-up to work, we need to set out a training routine and form some habits that will help us achieve our goal. You might decide to train 4 times a week; a strength session, a HIIT class to increase fitness and two specific running sessions, one sprint and one long distance, lower intensity run. Spread those four days across the week and mark them in your diary. If you commit to your schedule and block the time out, then you’re more likely to go through with it rather than finding an excuse not do it.
Stick to your routine.
Attending group training classes is a great way to stick to your training regime. Group training classes give you a network of people that offer support and motivation, and a fitness professional that can help programme your strength or HIIT workout.
For more on our Strength and Energy [HIIT] programmes, check out our PRAMA programmes.
Track your workouts. You could keep a fitness diary, or use wearable technology. For example, MYZONE is compatible with PRAMA technology, allowing you to track your results and monitor your progress across all types of training. Being able to actually see that your training is working and that you are becoming fitter and stronger is key to not losing motivation. Achieving your goal and being able to see how far you’ve come and the progress you have made is incredibly empowering.
Talk to your friends about your new year’s gym resolutions. The likelihood is that many of them will be in a similar situation to yourself, so you can confide, share experiences, and celebrate results with each other. Studies have shown that the biggest obstacle to forming new habits is self-criticism, so relying on each other for support can help prevent those feelings of self-doubt and criticism.