The new year is right around the corner and that means it is time to set your New Year's resolution. For the vast majority of people, their New Year's resolution is to lose weight and stay healthy. So many of us make that same resolution every single year and consistently fail to stick to it. How can we make sure that 2020 is different? If you want 2020 to finally be the year that you lose weight and get in your best shape, check out these five tips for keeping your New Year's fitness resolution:
1. Set Realistic Goals
One of the easiest ways to ruin your resolution is by being too ambitious. Part of the weight loss journey is setting goals, but if the goals you set are unrealistic or unattainable, you're only going to fail. For example, setting a goal to lose 5 pounds per week is unrealistic for many people. When you don't reach this goal, you're left feeling defeated and where do you head to feel better? The fridge. You'll serve yourself much better if you opt for realistic, achievable goals. Rather than 5 pounds per week, aim for 2 pounds per week.
2. Stick To A Schedule…Somewhat
An important part of losing weight is sticking to a schedule. This applies to your meals, snacks, and workout routine. Sticking to a schedule helps you to stay on track, which makes you more likely to achieve your goals. With that said, you shouldn't be too rigid with your schedule. If you're an hour late for your workout one day, that's fine – as long as you get your workout in, you're good.
3. Don't Beat Yourself Up Over Mistakes
Every weight loss journey is bound to have some mistakes. We're all human, after all. You need to learn to not beat yourself up over the mistakes you make when dieting or improving your fitness. If you cave in to a craving and have a cupcake, don't get upset and go on a full-on binge. It's okay to give in a little. Don't feel so bad about it that you end up giving in a lot.
4. Incorporate Others
One of the best tips for staying on track with your fitness is to bring in a buddy. Whether it be a friend or family member, find someone who has a similar resolution and wants to join you on your journey. This will make it easier to stick to a diet plan and avoid unhealthy eating. It will make it especially easier when it comes to working out, because exercise is never as bad when someone is joining you!
5. Keep Track Of Your Journey
The most effective way to stay on track with your fitness resolution is to keep track of your journey. Keep a journal where you write down everything you eat, how often you workout, how long you workout for, and all of your weight trends. This will help you keep track of what is working and what's not, which will lead you to your fitness goals much quicker.