Be realistic

Your exercise routine should be sustainable throughout the year. Exercise enough to feel satisfied and increase the difficulty gradually.

Be specific

What kind of exercise do you want to do? What sort of fitness are you aiming for? Your answers will form the base of your routine.

Ask for help

Work through your "gymtimidation" with a personal trainer, or join a class where everyone is in the same boat as you.

Set different time frames

Divide your exercising into long-term (end of the year), medium (monthly), and short-term (daily or weekly) goals, and you’ll have a plan of action.

Figure out your 'why?'

You exercise for a reason. That reason should involve your best interests and motivate you when exercising starts feeling like a chore. 

Be kind to yourself

Exercise is a way to be proud of what your body can achieve and bring your mind clarity, not punishment for being unhealthy.

Make it fun

Do the exercises you enjoy most, in the environments you enjoy most. That way, you’ll always want to exercise.

Make it easy for yourself

The more accessible you make exercise for yourself, the easier it will be to maintain your routine.

Make a progressive plan

Aim to keep improving. When you’ve completely mastered your routine, it’s time to up the difficulty.

 

Change your perspective

If you think of exercise as an option, you’re more likely to choose not to do it. Make it mandatory, and you’ll be exercising every day.

 

Be patient - learn to rest, not quit

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your ideal body. Take a break if you must. Use it to replenish your motivation to exercise again.

 

Don't forget your mental wellbeing

Account for your mental health when you plan your fitness journey. Don’t let exercise become another stressor.

 

Note: This blog offers health, fitness and nutritional information for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute, nor does it replace professional medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult a physician before starting any exercise programmes or changing your diet.

 

Reference:

How to make New Year’s fitness goals that you will stick to in 2021