Many of us made New Year’s resolutions having something to do with fitness, health or exercise. I set some goals for 2014 and here is the one that’s the most demanding. Priority is doing 20 days of exercise per month (at least 15 if I’m stretched for time or tired) and mixing it up with working out with friends or doing a group exercise class. To help me along I’m going to use the five tips below to help keep on track, especially in January and February when it’s freezing in Chicago
Know what you want
In 2014 I want to be in a better mood and enjoy every day because I feel better in myself and my body. This is very important to me.
What is important to you? Figure it out and write yourself a reminder for those times when you’re blue or wavering from your resolution.
Know your ability
I joined a gym I could afford because I knew I wouldn’t make the effort for a ‘freebie’, but if you are strapped for cash then other places such as a mall can be good and at least you can walk in warmth and have the stores as eye candy.
Know the reasons for why you do what you do
My reasons are simple; feel happier, more focused and more productive.
What are your reasons? If someone asked you why you’re doing what you’re doing what would you tell them?
Know why you need to do exercise
I need to do exercise because I can control my efforts and decide my own pace and achieve personal goals.
You may have other reasons and be clear in those and keep them in front of you to prevent wavering.
Know what makes you committed
Recognize why you need New Year’s resolutions and what you need to keep them.
I’m confident I’m committed to my New Year’s Resolutions because
1) I got a gym membership,
2) I signed up for an indoor triathlon,
3) I planned my schedule to exercise for between 30-50 minutes,
4) I go with friends and
5) I told people I would do it so I’m accountable.
I think if an onlooker, unknown to me, knew of my program they would say I’m committed to achieving my goals.
Think about what makes you committed to your aims and how others see you striving to hold to your commitment to exercise and health in 2014. My method works for me and maybe it will for you too. Try it out; it may tell you how much of a commitment you actually have and what you need to do should it need strengthening.
Knowing these things isn’t the same as living them. The test is to live our resolutions, so let’s do it!
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