Kick-Start Your Exercise Routine
Follow these tips from fitness experts, and you’ll crush your New Year’s resolutions through January and beyond.
SET TWO GOALS
Have one short-term goal as something routine to focus on from day to day or week to week and one long-term goal as a dreamier one to push yourself to strive for, says Brooks Beast coach Danny Mackey. Perhaps challenge yourself to hit the gym a few times a week for a set amount of time each session, then consider working toward running a race at
a certain pace or conquering a killer hike.
GRAB A BUDDY
Having an accountability partner can help keep you on track— and as a bonus, you’ll bond over shared positive experiences while exercising, says Hillary Cauthen, Psy.D., CMPC, an executive board member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
FIND WHAT YOU LIKE
“The key to success is to get moving no matter what you do,” says Brian Zehetner, director of health and fitness at Planet Fitness. Find activities that mix things up and get you excited about breaking a sweat: Try a new piece of gym equipment, do a new home workout led by an energetic trainer, or take your dog along for a hike. “Enjoyment is one of the key factors that drive consistency,” he says.
Life happens, so tell yourself it’s not the end of the world if you miss a day; work toward a goal, but commit to the process as well, says Phil Timmons, PT program manager at Blink Fitness. “Small improvements accumulate and bring you closer to a healthier and happier you,” he says.