When it comes to setting fitness goals for the New Year, you need a solid plan. It’s not enough to want to get into better shape, run a marathon or start a yoga practice. You need to be able to take action daily that brings you closer to your overall goal of being physically fit.
The following five tips will help you get closer to achieving your fitness goals in 2017:
Be very specific about what you’d like to do.You need to know exactly what you don’t want so you can focus on the things you do want. Experts claim that the more specific the goal is, the better chance you have of achieving it. So, before the New Year, get very specific about what you’d like to do so you can get busy.
Break down large goals into smaller, manageable tasks.Large goals should be broken down so they don’t appear as daunting. Unless you’re in the habit of running marathons every year, you probably won’t be able to complete one unless you train hard. That means, you’ll need to know how long to run and how often, each and every week leading up to the marathon.
Set yourself up for success.You’ve got to make space in your life to make your fitness dreams come true. That means that you’ve got to be protective of the time you’ve set aside to work out. If you don’t, you’ll miss opportunities to work out and train.
Build a support system that holds you accountable.Goals are so much easier to achieve when you have people cheering you on. Build a support system of family members, friends, co-workers, and fellow athletes to help you through the rough patches. You’ll come out on the other side better than ever. Lean on those who agreed to support whenever you feel like giving up.
Give yourself a pass but then back on track.If you do have a bad day or week, be gentle on yourself. Don’t give up on your goals, though. Brush yourself off, rework your schedule, and get back to working hard. You’ve got this!
Runtastic, the popular running app, stresses the importance of finding the right fitness activity for yourself. It can be anything from Pilates to soccer. The key is that it “should be fun and never boring.” If you find yourself growing tired of your fitness routine, it’s time to switch things up by adding new activities or doing old activities in new ways.
It’s also important to take care of tight muscles immediately. You can do so by taking a hot bath or contrast shower. There are a number of lotions and creams you can use that aid with circulation. Engaging in moderate exercise gives your body a break between physically challenging workouts.
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