Top 6 Tips on How to Make and KEEP a New Year’s Fitness Resolution

Jun 6, 2023

Starting a New Year’s resolution for fitness is a common practice among people who want to improve their health and wellness. It’s a perfect time to set some fitness goals for the long term and start working towards them. However, research shows that many of us start off strong but fizzle out quickly. So how can we make and keep a New Year fitness resolution? Here are some top tips for sticking to your resolution and reaching your goals.

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1. Set SMART Goals

The first step towards achieving your fitness goals is to set SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Your goals should be specific, so you know exactly what you want to achieve. They should also be measurable, so you can track your progress and see how far you’ve come. It’s essential to set goals that are attainable and realistic. Setting unrealistic goals will only lead to disappointment and frustration. Finally, set a timeline for achieving your goals. This will help you stay on track and focused.

2. Find Your ‘Why’ and Give Yourself Some Grace

When setting fitness goals, it’s essential to find your ‘why.’ Why do you want to lose weight or get in shape? Is it for your health or to feel better about yourself? Is it so you can look better for your partner? Maybe it’s having kids and wanting to keep up with them and make sure you’ll be around as they grow up. Whatever the reason, knowing your ‘why’ will help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. However, it’s important to give yourself some grace. It doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing.’ Don’t beat yourself up if you have an off day or week. Remember, it’s a journey, and there will be ups and downs.

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3. Schedule Time to Exercise

This is a big one! One of the biggest challenges people face when starting a fitness routine is finding the time to exercise. However, if you want to make and keep a New Year fitness resolution you need to schedule time to exercise. Make it a priority and treat it like any other appointment. Block out time in your calendar and stick to it. Even if you only have 30 minutes, make the most of it.

4. Keep Track

In order to stay motivated and on course, it’s important to keep track of your progress. Use a fitness tracker/app/watch to monitor your workouts, steps, and calories burned. Take progress pictures and measurements to see how far you’ve come. Keep track of your times, weights, and reps to see your progress. Seeing your progress will help you stay motivated and continue working towards your goals.

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5. Create accountability

Getting a workout partner can help you stay motivated and stick with your fitness routine. If you don’t have someone like that, hiring a trainer is the best option. A trainer can help you set realistic goals, develop a workout plan, and provide guidance and support. They can provide encouragement and support when you need it and help you stay on track.

6. Try a group activity

Joining a group exercise program can be a great way to stay motivated and mix things up. At Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts we offer group classes for Strength Training, Boxing, Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Group classes like these provide high energy and constant variety to help you stay engaged and prevent boredom. Plus, working out with others can provide motivation, support, and accountability too.

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Whatever you choose to do, remember, it’s a journey and there will be ups and downs. If you have a setback or fall off, don’t quit. Just forgive yourself and get right back to it. It’s not easy getting in shape but once you are there it’s so much easier to maintain it and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are truly worth it. Reach out to us at Phoenix Fitness and Martial Arts. We’ll be happy to help you get started!