Sunday, January 1, 2017

Begin a Fitness Routine

Happy 2017!  Did you know that 66% of New Year’s Resolutions involve fitness?

If you’ve been consistently working out and running in 2016—then great!  Keep it up!

But if you decided that today is the day that you will get off the couch and begin a fitness routine then read below for some tips to help you get going...

Set goals.

A lot of New Year’s Resolutions are very vague: lose weight, eat healthy, start running, etc.  If your goal is to lose weight, as yourself how much you want to lose, how long it will take me to get there and what do I need to do to accomplish that goal?  Set SMART goals.
  • Specific.
  • Measurable.
  • Achievable.
  • Realistic.
  • Timely.

Have a plan.

You know what they say, “A goal without a plan is just a dream.”  Whether it’s a running specific goal or you’re starting to strength train and eat better, develop your plan.  Map our a few weeks and refer back.  This will help you stay on track.

Ease into it.

The worst thing you can do the first week of January is go hard on your resolutions every single day.  Being too ambitious and diving right into a new routine or high mileage running will only set you up for burnout and injuries.  Your body needs to adapt to the new stresses and recover.

Hire a coach.

Not sure what to do or how to get started?  Hire a personal trainer or certified coach for some guidance and expert knowledge.

Be patient.

Fitness doesn’t happen overnight.  Diet and exercise takes a lot of discipline and self-motivation.  All you can do is stay consistent and keep working towards your goals.

Have fun!

Enjoy the process.  Hard work is easy work.

Blog post by Jen Skiba.