6 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Fitness Resolutions

Every time the calendar turns to a new year, millions of Americans make a resolution, get up from their couches and purchase a membership at a local gym. And that commitment to get in shape lasts — for a month or two. Alas, 73 percent of all people who make New Year’s fitness resolutions eventually return to their slothful ways, according to a study from Harris Interactive.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Following are six tips for keeping your New Year’s resolution to get fit.

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1. Keep your goals small and specific

Getting in shape can be a daunting task, which is why it’s often best to set small, specific and — above all else — realistic goals at the beginning of your journey.

Too many people set overly ambitious goals that do not allow for the occasional misstep, according to Marni McNiff at Organic Authority:

Instead of creating a goal to exercise seven days a week, try starting with 4-5 days. Instead of looking at the big picture of wanting to lose 30 pounds, start with a goal of 5 pounds. Or even just 1.

Think of your resolution to get fit as a marathon, not a sprint. With a little time, effort and patience, you’re bound to cross the finish line.

2. Don’t be a perfectionist

Once you have established a goal, don’t expect to achieve it flawlessly. When it comes to fitness, being a perfectionist can set the stage for disappointment and, ultimately, failure.

3. Don’t go it alone

You’ve heard the old adage “strength in numbers”? Well, working out with one or more pals can help strengthen your body and your relationships. It also can boost your resolve to stick with a fitness plan. According to the health and fitness magazine Experience Life:

Exercise partners provide a powerful combination of support, accountability, motivation and, in some cases, healthy competition.

Experience Life adds that the more people you have actively involved in your fitness efforts, the more likely you all are to enjoy both the process and the results.

4. Make fitness a priority

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity can help to control your weight, strengthen bones and muscles, improve mental health and mood, and reduce the risk of certain diseases. It can even help increase your lifespan.

So why shove exercise aside for other, less important activities? Instead of putting your physical and mental well-being on the back burner, choose to make fitness a priority and schedule it into your day as you would a doctor’s appointment, lunch date or important business meeting.

5. Mix it up

Variety is the spice of life, and it also adds zest to any exercise program. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE):

Research has shown that adding variety to an exercise program can improve adherence. Exercise scientists at the University of Florida observed that individuals who modified their workouts every two weeks over an eight-week period appeared to enjoy their workouts more and were more inclined to stick with their exercise programs when compared to individuals who followed the same workout regimens week after week.

6. Track your progress

Finally, keeping track of your progress can be instrumental in helping you adhere to your fitness resolution. Research shows that charting or recording your progress boosts the likelihood that you will stick with your pledge to get fit, according to an article at Oprah.com:

This is due to the Hawthorne effect, which causes us to try harder when we think someone is keeping an eye on us.

Jot down improvements in a fitness diary or use one of the many fitness apps now available, such as MyFitnessPal.  Do you have any tips for sticking with a fitness routine? Share your tips in our Forums. It’s a place where you can swap questions and answers on money-related matters, life hacks and ingenious ways to save.

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