Most people who sign up to a gym do so for a specific reason such as the desire to get fit and keep in shape, to lose weight or for specific health reasons. In January, many people join a gym as it’s the thing to do one of their New Year resolutions. Unfortunately, the January weather in the UK is not particularly conducive to early morning or evening training sessions, with shorter darker days combined with hectic work schedules.
So what can you do to ensure that you stick to your New Year fitness goals? At Vitality Health & Fitness we understand why people, despite their best intentions, fall by the wayside when it comes to training during the winter months and so here are some tips to help you to stick to your New Year training programme.
Are your resolutions to join a gym for the right reasons
You shouldn’t join a gym just because everyone else is or that you have been brainwashed by pressure from adverts and social media posts. It may be worth waiting a week or two after the New Year rush so you are confident that this is one of your genuine resolutions and you’re not just following the herd. If you sign up for the wrong reasons, you will be far more likely to drop out in due course.
If you’re new to a gym environment, you may want to start your training by mixing things up a bit with classes and personal training sessions to make sure that you enjoy your time there. Importantly, you need to set yourself goals and ensure that your fitness regime is in line with these goals, otherwise you’ll become frustrated and demotivated. However, if you are enjoying the exercise, it will be easier to stick to your guns (and you are doing this for yourself, not for anyone else).
Have you set achievable goals as part of your New Year Resolutions?
As mentioned above, there’s no point expecting a few weeks of training in the gym to turn you into an Adonis or Aprhodite!!! If you set yourself realistic, achievable goals, you’re less likely to break your resolutions and more likely to achieve them. A good way to get started is to think about where you’d like to be in terms of health and fitness in two weeks, a month, three months, six months and a year’s time.
Then plan how you can reach those goals by evaluating your workout, your diet and your lifestyle. If you’re struggling, a personal trainer or fitness instructor can help with workout planning and goal setting.
Are your New Year’s resolutions linked to losing weight?
If the answer is yes, then you need to understand what his means. It’s not about starving yourself and then bingeing at the weekend because you’ve been to the gym a few times; it’s about a lifestyle change in terms of your overall diet. And the better your diet, the better you’ll feel.
Just think about how sluggish you feel after a takeaway pizza or a bowl of ice cream, it’s easy to realise that eating unhealthily won’t motivate you to get up off the sofa and hit the gym. Eating a healthy diet can motivate you to make healthier choices, and by loading your body with lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and a healthy dose of carbs, you’ll benefit from increased energy levels that will make it easier to exercise.
It’s important that you eat enough calories to sustain your energy levels if you’re hitting the gym regularly, and most gyms and fitness centres offer a range of healthy post-workout snacks and protein drinks to help you to refuel.
You can also treat yourself in other ways rather than your favourite foods. Treat yourself with a pedicure, manicure or massage? Buy some new workout gear or running shoes, or meet friends and catch a film at the cinema. Regularly treating yourself can motivate you to work even harder to reach your goals.
Set your New Year’s Resolutions with a friend
Committing yourself to a gym membership is too easy; all you have to do is sign on the dotted line and promise yourself you’ll make the most of your membership. But if get yourself a ‘fitness buddy and you’re making a commitment to them too! You will be far less likely to flake on your fitness partner just because you fancy an extra hour in bed,
See if there is anyone among your circle of friends with similar New Year goals and resolutions and sign up together. You’ll find that you motivate each other; and it doesn’t matter if you’re new to fitness whilst they’ve been training for years. In fact, having a fitter friend could push you to work harder!
Vitality Health & Fitness
At Vitality Health & Fitness we understand the challenges facing people who sign up in the New Year only to waiver and fall by the wayside after a couple of weeks. Our dedicated fitness team can help new members to set and work towards their fitness goals with regular reviews and plans. We also offer a whole range of classes at both our Neath and Port Talbot gyms ranging for people at all levels of training from Pilates to body blitz.
To find out more about Vitality’s gyms, call us today on the number below or visit our website at https://www.vitalityhealthandfitness.co.uk/