Goodbye 2015 and hello 2016 – the year you finally pledge to be healthy and fit. You tell yourself you can wait until Jan. 1 to start your new healthy routine but, in reality, you may be setting yourself up for failure. That's because the time to plan for the new you is now. That way, when the New Year finally rolls around you will be prepared. You will have a plan in place that will see you hitting the gym on the very first day of 2016 instead of just “thinking” about it. So, get out your thinking cap and start by reading these top 5 ways to ensure your get-in-shape plan is ready to go.
1. Find A Workout You Like
When it comes to exercising, it's important to find what you like to do – that way you are more likely to stick to it. You have to enjoy your exercise choice to be successful at it. If you don't like cardio, find a weight class or a light cardio class that works for you. If you don't want to join a gym, find some DVD's or workout routines that you can do at home. If you are having problems deciding what will work for you, try asking a trainer or a fitness coach for options.
2. Set Goals
If your goal is to simply lose weight, you are starting the New Year off wrong. You need to have a specific – realistic – goal. How much weight do you want to lose? Is there a certain body part you want to target? If you want to start running you should set a goal of running a race withing a certain amount of time. If you've never lifted weights before, talk to a coach at your nearby gym to show you how they work. A trainer will also help you set goals on how much weight loss is healthy and the best ways to do it. In reality, losing a pound a week is doable.
3. Pay For It Now
Before January 1 rolls around you should already have your fitness plan in place. That means finding a gym or studio or program that you like and pay for it before you start. That way you will be more likely to stick to your plan, since you've already paid for it. Treat yourself to some fun outfits or a new yoga mat to get you inspired.
4. Ask For Help
If you go to the gym and walk around wondering what the heck you should be doing, you will likely get frustrated and leave. Don't be afraid to ask for help – that's what the staff members are there for. Trainers and coaches can help access your goals and get you on a program that will work for you. That way, when you go back to the gym you will be able to do most of the programs on your own and will know exactly how all the machines work. You will be a pro in no time.
5. Don't Overdo It
When you tell yourself that “I will be hitting the gym in January so I can feast now,” you will lose your motivation. If you overdo it during the holiday months and eat whatever is in front of you, you will have extra weight you have to lose. So try to enjoy the holiday season in moderation. Your New Years resolution is not an excuse to pig out. That said, you don't have to starve yourself. You can still enjoy that turkey dinner but just eat smaller portions and get your body ready for January. Getting your mind ready to execute your new healthy plan will only help you accomplish your 2016 goals.