Every year, January brings a slew of “New Year Resolutions” for many people. One of those many resolutions is often what fills the gyms with people wanting to get in the best shape of their lives. Far too often, by March many of those people have fallen off the fitness wagon, so to speak. They started with the best of intentions but just couldn’t keep that fire burning. I get it. Life is hard. Motivation can ebb and flow (yes, even for a fitness lover like me). But you can shift your mind set from focusing on motivation to focusing on determination. Here are a few tips on how you can get those new year fitness goals back on track!


Enlist a buddy

Some people love working out alone and prefer doing things solo. But for many, they will go farther if they are going with someone. That’s right, grab a friend! Having a buddy along with you on your fitness journey can provide you with the support you may need to get off the couch on those days that working out is the absolute last thing you feel like doing. You can hold each other accountable and sometimes we all need that.


Remember why you started

There are many different reasons why we set fitness goals. Maybe you want to lose weight. Maybe you want to get stronger. Maybe you just want to prioritize your over all well-being, physically and emotionally. Working out is not just about achieving a 6-pack or having the body you’ve always wanted. It is a necessary part of maintaining our physical and emotional health. What was your why? Why did you start your fitness journey?


Try something new

Are you just flat out bored? Think out of the box and try adding something new and different to your routine. Sign up for a group fitness class, try cross-fit, hire a trainer, start running… the options are numerous. You’d be amazed what you can do by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying something different.


Don’t compare

Social media is full of people showing off their progress. This can be inspiring OR discouraging so be careful. Don’t allow yourself to start comparing your progress to theirs. Everybody has different goals, and your journey is yours and theirs is theirs. Just because your progress is not equal to another person’s does not make your progress non-existent or invalid. Focus on YOU and what YOU are accomplishing, not them.


Treat yourself

I don’t know about you, but I love buying new clothes and when I look good, I feel good. So, treat yourself to some new workout gear. Restocking your closet with comfortable and functional (and also cute) workout clothes could be that extra little push you need to get up and get moving.

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