You made a promise to make 2017 your fittest year yet, but do you really have a plan to go along with that promise? Without a carefully thought out plan, your fitness goals may not become a reality. To help you make 2017 your fittest year ever, here are 15 best tips for greater fitness results.
1. Focus On Being Fit Not Looking Fit
Most of us want to achieve a desired appearance from our fitness plan, but too much of a focus on appearance can make you lose* motivation easily. In fact, studies on weight-loss found that when people turned their focus from appearance to health and well-being, were able to achieve greater weight loss*.
2. Make a Fitness Corner In Your Home
By having a special corner for working out in your home, you’ll be able to create an easily-accessible environment to help you stay motivated in keeping fit. You don’t need to spend money on expensive gym equipment. Simply placing a yoga mat in your bedroom next to some dumbbells is all that is needed.
3. Choose a Routine You Will Enjoy
When choosing a fitness program, make sure to choose the one that supports your goals and abilities, but that you will enjoy above anything else says Wendy Batts, certified personal trainer. You need to love what you do in order to do it right after all.
4. Make Healthy Eating A Priority
Without a good diet to complement your exercise routine, you won’t be achieving much in terms of fitness and health. You don’t have to really over think your food choices, just simply follow food guides such as the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and you are very likely to achieve your fitness goals.
5. Write Your Goals Down
A study carried out by Gail Matthews at Dominican University found that those who write their goals down accomplished significantly more than those who did not. Writing will help you clarify your vision and make you understand what you want better. Although the above-mentioned study focused on business goals, the same can be true for fitness goals as well.
6. Schedule Your Fitness Program
Chances are that you’re struggling to balance your work-life obligations and this can be sabotaging your workout routines. To ensure that you get the time to work out regularly this year, create your own weekly fitness program schedules that you know you won’t be missing.
7. Think Small
If your goal is achieving a whole new level of fitness that you’ve never experienced before in life, then you might be intimidating yourself too much and this can make you feel disappointed once you realize you’re far from reaching your desires. Instead, make small goals that you know you can reach little by little.
8. Reward Yourself
Shephard RJ said in an article published in ThePhysician and Sports Medicine that creating incentives and awards was essential in sustaining an exercise habit before a person is able to notice the intrinsic awards from their fitness. This reward can be anything from letting yourself rest, eat a favorite meal, or buying yourself something that you always wanted.
9. Purchase New Supplies
One way to keep yourself motivated is by buying new fitness equipment to accompany your new lifestyle. From a new tracksuit and sneakers to fitness trackers, there are many items that can make your fitness more enjoyable and much easier to manage.
10. Level Up
Staying motivated is impossible if you do the same thing over and over again. To bring variety into your fitness routine, make sure to increase* the intensity of your workout after some time or introduce new types of workout every couple of months.
11. Don’t Feel Guilty of Snacking
Snacking has gained a bad rap for some reason, but research shows that snacking in itself is not a problem, it’s the type of snacks we choose that can make or break our fitness. Snacking on a banana, apple, or protein bar can actually be good for you and even give you the energy and nutrients you need to support your workout.
12. Get Social
Not having enough time to meet up with friends and family can make you depressed and let yourself go easily. In fact, a study published in Women’s Health found that those with plenty of social support were more likely to adhere to their fitness plan.
13. Walk Whenever You Can
Simple activities such as walking and climbing the stairs also burns calories and support health. To make fitness a part of your day-to-day life, make sure to walk whenever you get the chance to and you’ll burn more calories than ever.
14. Set Your Mind at Ease
Managing your stress levels is of utmost importance if you want to stay fit and healthy this year. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that stress management facilitates weight loss*.
15. Yoga for Weight Loss
Yoga is usually not considered the best option for weight loss*, but studies show that yoga helps us achieve greater weight loss* by reducing* stress, improving* our range of motion, and increasing* out levels of well- being.
16. Make Fitness a Priority
Don’t let other obligations in life sabotage what is most important to you – your health. Sure, you need to pay the bills and take care of your loved ones but you still deserve to spend time on doing things for your own well-being so make fitness a priority this year.
To make this year a time when you will accomplish greater fitness, make sure to follow these 15 simple tips and you’re bound to make a difference in 2017. These tips are simple, yet valuable when it comes to taking care of your health and well-being.