Your physical therapy experts here at Foothills know that the beginning of every year starts about the same way: you plan out your new years resolutions and invariably get exhausted and find yourself relaxing on the couch instead. But what if this year you really stick to your fitness resolutions? To help you start your year of change, check out these tips!
- Be Realistic – Setting high goals for yourself is a good thing, but making unattainable goals is a sure way to fall short. Evaluate your fitness level, your time, and make realistic goals. Be sure to make your goals measurable. Rather than say, ‘I’m going to work out more’ or ‘I’m going to lose weight,’ set goals that you can measure like ‘I’m going to lose 20 pounds in 6 months.’ Being able to measure allows you to gauge progress and keep motivated
- Make a Plan – Take out the guesswork for yourself and create an extensive plan. Prepare for the unexpected. The internet is a great resource to find workouts that can be done from your hotel room if you’re away from your gym on business.
- Get Motivated – Keep yourself motivated and on track with workout inspirations, pumping-up playlists, working out with a partner or group, and more! Remember the benefits of exercise and visualize your goals so that realizing them becomes easier with each passing day.
- Reward Yourself – Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally treat yourself. Reward yourself after a good workout with something you want to do that doesn’t contradict your fitness plan.
- Track Your Progress – Tracking your progress can help you stay motivated and assess how you are doing in the pursuit of completing your long-term goals. Take before and after pictures, track your weight loss in a journal, and reward yourself when you reach a milestone.
- Remember the Big Picture – There will be times when you slip up and miss a workout or cheat on your diet. Don’t focus on these little mistakes but rather remember the long-term goals and keep focused on the road ahead.
- Make Your Workouts Quick – It doesn’t take long to get good exercise, in fact 20-30 minutes can be plenty to get a complete workout. Look into high intensity interval training (HIIT) that can be done in no time at all.
- Workout In the Morning – Even Foothills’ physical therapy experts know that finding time to get a workout in around the workday can prove tough. But going to the gym after work means peak hours and less energy, so consider working out first thing in the morning. Along with avoiding the crowded gym, you’ll feel more energized for the day after your workout. Studies have shown morning exercise can increase your metabolism and increase weight loss.
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