Finding new ways to stick to your resolutions
A NEW Year, a new round of resolutions. People around the world make promises to themselves on a yearly basis, hoping the aspirationally clean slate of a fresh calendar will bring with it a new lease on life. One of the most popular resolutions is to do with improving one’s health and fitness levels. While quitting smoking is a fairly common resolution, getting into shape is something that everyone can aspire to. Being fit and healthy brings an abundance of opportunity and opens doors to new activities. Sticking to a new resolution though, is where the true challenge lies. Active Health Clubs’ Adam Wilson manages a popular gym and sees all sorts of people come through the doors. Each new year brings with it a batch of aspirational gym junkies with their hearts in the right place. Adam says if you’re going to commit to getting healthy in 2016 “pick something you enjoy ... this sounds obvious, but it’s probably the number one reason guys don’t stick with their gym routine – we pick something we hate doing”. “The best exercise routine isn’t going to do any good if it doesn’t inspire you to stick with it.” The best way to make sure you stick to your fitness resolution is to make a habit of it, he says. “A mistake we make is trying to squeeze exercise into our schedules here and there. “Worse yet, you might only work out when the spirit moves you. “Instead you need to make it a predictable part of your schedule. You need to make it a routine, a habit. Just trying to haphazardly fit it in where you can probably wont work, since its already a lower priority than what you already have planned. Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit.” Make keeping that resolution easier by finding an accountability partner. “An accountability partner is someone you have to report to if you flake out on your exercise routine. Having to call your brother every time you skip the gym isn’t by itself going to keep you on task, but it can provide that little extra bit of encouragement you need to stick with it on days where your will is waning. “Even better than an accountability partner is a gym buddy. Find someone who is into the same exercises as you, and shares your commitment to staying healthy. “Hopefully this person will be more motivated than you. But if they’re not, don’t worry – you’d be surprised just how big a difference it can make in the long term. On days where he doesn’t want to go, you’ll keep him on point, and he’ll do the same for you.” So don’t let your gym membership or home equipment gather dust, take practical steps to commit yourself to goals this year.
Find a gym or exercise buddy to ensure you stick to your fitness resolutions.