Meeting Your Fitness Goals in 2014

16 Jan, 2014

Free weights.

It’s one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions in the United States. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or train for a marathon, “getting in shape” is a widespread goal across the U.S. To help you stick to your 2014 fitness goals (and not lose all motivation by President’s Day), here are five simple tips to stay on track and have a healthy New Year. And remember: before starting a new health or fitness plan, always check with your doctor first.

1. Set smaller goals.

We don’t mean your only goal should be “eat a vegetable once a week.” But smaller, quantifiable goals can help you reach your ultimate objective of toning up or losing weight over time. Instead of vowing to go to the gym every day for the next three months, try to set a more reasonable goal, like exercising for 30 minutes at least three times a week. Once you start consistently meeting this smaller goal, you may be motivated to add on to it, like incorporating free weights into your routine or lengthening your workouts.

2. Put money on it.

There are plenty of sites and mobile apps that allow you to pledge to pay a certain amount of money for every missed workout. Or, you can join or start a fitness competition at work, school or home. When you hold yourself accountable and money is on the line, you may be more likely to make time for that run or weight-lifting session. If you snooze, you lose (money!).

3. Expect obstacles.

You will likely have setbacks during your “get fit” resolution, but the important thing is to move past them and get back on track. If you overindulge at an all-you-can-eat breakfast or oversleep and miss your morning workout, simply accept the setback and adjust your behavior for the rest of the day. For example, you could take a brisk walk after work or prepare a healthy dinner to offset your earlier slip-up.

4. Invest in exercise equipment.

Whether you are looking to tone up or simply stay fit in the New Year, fitness equipment can help you reach your goals. Cardio machines like treadmills, elliptical trainers and exercise bikes are especially convenient when the winter weather prevents you from taking an outdoor run or bike ride. Plus, it’s hard to make an excuse to not work out when the machines are right at home! Find out how to choose the right fitness equipment to get started.

5. Reward yourself.

Don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while! If you meet one of your smaller goals, reward yourself with a new fitness accessory, clothing purchase or gadget. Sticking to a New Year’s resolution can be tough work, and you deserve a pat on the back for your discipline!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Are you trying to get fit in 2014?

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