How well did you stick to the fitness resolutions you made on January 1? If you got side-tracked and haven't made much progress with exercise routines, it's not too late to get things going. The few months left in this year can be a great time to kick start that fitness plan so your next New Year's resolution can build upon your recent success. It's never too late to undergo a diet or fitness overhaul, and starting something new now could mean you'll be in great shape well before the next January 1.
Here are seven ways to reach your fitness goals before the end of the year:
1. Set a short-term goal.
Since you only have a few months and weeks left until the end of the year, set a short-term goal and visualize yourself reaching it. If your goal on January 1 was to lose 10 to 15 pounds, cut down that goal to just five pounds and focus your efforts only on that. Remember, you can set a bigger goal once you've reached this milestone.
2. Keep a food journal.
Start keeping track of everything you eat so you can keep yourself on track. Adopt mindful eating habits so you know exactly what you are eating each day, and aren't overdoing it in the calorie department.
3. Share your goals with a close friend.
If you need support to stay on track, enlist the help of a workout buddy or share your fitness goals with a close friend. Having someone else hold you accountable can make it that much easier to reach your goals. At Curves, this is easy - your coach is there to be your sounding board and keep you on track. Not to mention our centers are filled with inspiring women just like you, working towards a healthy lifestyle.
4. Be realistic about your workout schedule.
If you don’t currently have an exercise plan, don't immediately force yourself into working out five days a week. Make sure you choose a full body workout
that you can stick with and be realistic about your schedule. Can you block off 30 minutes to hit the gym just three days a week? Start there. Just two? Try that for a week and then add more days as you get into the new routine.
5. Modify your grocery shopping list.
Your nutrition needs to support your active lifestyle. Eating too few calories or loading up on unhealthy food can negate all the hard work you're putting in at the gym. Make changes to your grocery shopping list so you're eating healthier in the upcoming months.
6. Be consistent.
If you work out first thing the morning, make sure you stick with that routine through the end of the year. Consistency gets results. Choose a time that you know you can commit to for at least six to eight weeks.
7. Identify your triggers.
Self-awareness can help you make better choices when it comes to your diet and workout routine. Do you tend to skip workouts when you're stressed? Find ways to stay organized so you don't have an excuse to miss your workout routine. Do you tend to overeat on weekends? Stock up on healthy foods and prepare your entire weekend's worth of meals ahead of time so you don't have the option to overindulge.
The year is not over yet! Recommit to your New Year’s resolutions and meet your goal before the year is over.