2017 is here and how many of us made the same resolution every year to get fit only to quit by the end of January?
Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, shared with Eye Opener some tips on how to keep those fitness goals all the way to the end of the year and for years to come!
Tip #1: Have a purpose
If you are getting into working out for big arms and a flat stomach than you are exercising for all the wrong reasons. You should focus on getting more skilled, being athletic, and improving your overall strength. You should workout for the idea of longevity of life and the happiness that comes with being healthy and fit.
Tip #2: Have a plan
You need to make time for a workout. That means planning to go workout instead of just thinking about it. Put it down in a calendar, write it on your bathroom mirror, or hang a note on your refrigerator door. Pretty schedule a set time that day that you will workout because if all you're going to do is wake up and think about working out...there's a big chance you won't actually do it. Also know what you're workout will be so you don't waste time trying to figure it out.
Tip #3: Be accountable
The best way to be accountable for working out is surrounding yourself with like-minded people. If you hangout with your negative Nancy friend then they will always deter your from getting any exercise and there goes your resolution. When you hangout with other fitness minded people then it will motivate you to continue to stay fit and healthy.
Tip #4: Progress in your workout
Keep track of what you are doing and know that you are getting better. Don't let the scale or a mirror tell you whether or not you are getting stronger. A better read on whether you're getting more fit is being able to notice you are running for a longer period of time or seeing an increase in how many push ups you can do each time instead of "hey I lost 5 pounds."
Tip #5: It has to be fun
Let's get real here, if working out is not fun for you then there's a chance you aren't going to stick with it. So make it fun then! If going to the gym isn't your flavor than go to a yoga class. Yoga's not your thing either...then try parkour or gymnastics or martial arts or dance. There are so many options out there to fitness that I'm sure you will find some way of getting a workout in. And here's a mini-tip to piggyback off that idea...don't sign up for a class that's 45 minutes away. You will most likely never going to that class and that's money down the drain. Be practical in your planning.