Did you start January filled with shiny new resolutions to finally achieve your dream body?
But then, as the weeks slugged by you started to find excuses to cheat. Your diet went off track. That daily run on your treadmill suddenly took up too much time. Your routine started to slacken, and one day, you realized it was the end of the first month and you’d already failed.
Yup… it’s a common problem.
We start out each New Year with optimistic health goals, but within weeks we’re back to our same old lazy ways. Well, it doesn’t have to be like this anymore!
We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions once and for all!
We know everyone has New Year’s resolutions and everyone wants to talk about them, but it’s not a competition. Your resolutions are for you to better your life and yours alone. Just because the person that sits next to you at work said they’re going to cure world hunger, doesn’t mean your goals aren’t lofty enough.
Your list doesn’t have to have a ton of things on it to make it worthwhile. In fact, for success it’s better to have fewer goals on the list. When you have less things you feel like you need to accomplish it’s easier to focus on them and get them done.
It’s like any to-do list you make for yourself. When you only have three things on there you are ready to get them done. When it’s a page long, it’s daunting, and you already feel discouraged with the thought of not being able to get it done.
This just means that instead of writing down one goal that takes many different things to accomplish, make each of those things a sub-goal. For instance, if one of your goals is to run a marathon, break it down.
Make different levels of your training into their own individual accomplishment. Getting your time down by a certain amount could be a goal. Running a 5K as prep could be another.
This way you are getting closer to your main goal, but you are able to see the progress you are making along the way.
This is a concept that’s important to keep in mind when you are setting your resolutions. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
Keep these things in mind when you add something to your list. If it doesn’t fit all of the criteria, you may just want to modify it a little bit. It doesn’t mean you have to scrap the idea all together, you’re just setting yourself up for success when you’re setting SMART goals.
This is a big one. We are all guilty of making excuses for why we aren’t doing the things to stick with our resolutions. The easiest one to throw out there is, “I don’t have time!”
An easy way to avoid this is to put it in your schedule. Don’t leave it to chance. Schedule it for the same time everyday so you know that’s what you’re going to be doing at that time.
Research shows it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. When you’re talking about your New Year’s resolutions, that’s only about two months. Once you reach that point, the next ten months will have you sailing toward your goals with no excuses.
This can go hand-in-hand with your scheduling. Make milestones or set target dates in your schedule. Success even in small doses is powerful motivation, it’s backed by science. When you achieve success, your brain releases dopamine which makes you feel happy.
We’re talking about the motivation behind your resolutions. Why did you pick the ones that you did? For instance, do you want to lose weight to help prevent heart disease? Are you wanting to eat healthy to improve your cholesterol?
As time passes and things get busy it can be easy to lose sight of why you set those particular resolutions in the first place. Remind yourself. Keeping the motivation behind your choices in mind can really help you better stick to your plan.
This may sound like we’re about to repeat ourselves, but stick with us. Now we’re talking about day-to-day motivation to get up and get working. There are a lot of ways to do this, but we’ll just touch on a few tried and true methods.
Agree to work out with a friend or join a local group. When you are held accountable to others, you’re much more likely to show up. Dragging yourself out of bed at six in the morning for a run may not be so appealing. But if you know someone is waiting for you, you don’t want to be the one that doesn’t show up.
You can also join a Facebook group or a group on your favorite fitness app. This gives you a chance to share your experiences and your triumphs. This is a powerful form of motivation, not just for you but for the others in the group. You’ll be seeing your success and have others cheering you on to keep pushing for that next milestone.
Positive reinforcement is super important. When you reach those milestones that you put in your schedule, treat yourself to a little something.
This may just be the most important key to the whole deal. We all slip and we all miss days, but it doesn’t discount all of the progress that you’ve made. There’s no shame because you missed a day or two at the gym…or even a week. Just get back up and keep going. You’ll feel better for it in the long run because you didn’t give up.
We know that New Year’s resolutions may not be the most exciting thing when March rolls around and the shine wears off. However, keep this tips in mind as the weeks go by and you’ll be ready for new, exciting resolutions next year.
Let’s face it. Working out in the morning can just be hard.
It’s dark… your bed is comfy… and it’s just so easy to hit the snooze button.
We’ve all been there.
Maybe you tell yourself you’ll work out after work instead…
But then life happens and you have errands to run and dinner plans get made.
So you tell yourself you’ll work out the next morning…
But then. But then. But then!
It’s a vicious cycle.
Lucky for you, there’s a perfect little pocket of time right in the middle of your day that may just be the solution to your problem.
Maybe your lunch break is the time you should use for your workout.
Running for exercise requires very little equipment. A reliable treadmill, a pair of good running shoes, and a healthy dose of motivation will keep you going mile after mile!
Shoes may seem like a simple thing, but they are still very important. The wrong pair of running sneakers – or ones that are worn out – can cause a wide range of problems and injuries.
Your running shoes do a lot more than cushion your feet from a rough trail or your treadmill’s surface. They provide the entire foundation and support system to keep your body moving in perfect rhythm.
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We talk about iFit all the time. The amazing interactive training, the group classes and the routes around the globe that are available at your fingertips. All of the options are amazing and keep things new and fresh…
But too many options can become a sea of indecision.
We’ve all been there.
Standing in the grocery store, shopping for shampoo or olive oil, thinking we know exactly what we came for…and yet. There are fifty different kinds and all of them claim to be the best for different things, or for everything. The choice becomes impossible and we either grab something to be done with it or we walk away feeling overwhelmed.
When you first buy a new machine there is so much excitement to hop on and get in your best shape. It’s like Christmas! Open your new machine, set it up…and then you have to decide what to do first.
We want to help make your entrance into the world of iFit a little easier. Instead of wading through the mountains of videos, we’ll help point you in the right direction no matter what your skill level.
Even the most tried-and-true brands in home fitness upgrade things from time to time. And when they do, we’ll be there to introduce the newest stars of the show!
During this last year, NordicTrack took their turn of bringing up a new model. So, let’s take a quick look at the new T-Series and see what it has to offer.
Essentially, the T-Series is replacing the older C-Series models we’ve come to know and love. Both sets have a lot of similarities. And while you’ll still be able to purchase the C-Series for the time being, we are seeing a definite shift from NordicTrack towards the T-Series.
For most of us, running is a lifestyle… not just an occasional hobby.
So, when your life takes a sudden drastic turn – say, by having kids – there’s no reason your running lifestyle can’t continue.
Sure, kids take up a lot of time and energy. But that doesn’t mean you have to curb your love of running. If you need a little extra inspiration to start running with your kids in tow, just take a look at famed stroller-runner Cynthia Arnold.
As a new mother, Cynthia may just be the motivation you need to train for your next run… stroller running and all!
It’s been a long day at work. Your boss was a pain and the office intern messed up your lunch order. You are exhausted.
All you want to do is punch through a satisfying workout at the gym and head home for some well-deserved relaxation!
So, you grab your gym bag out of the trunk and head into the locker room to get ready to get your sweat on.
As you dress, you might give your clothes a quick sniff. Hmm… they seem passable, so you slip them on and head out into the main gym. You just put on dirty gym clothes and unfortunately, you’re not alone.
Now, here’s the big question…
In the ever-changing world of personal fitness it can seem like you are constantly being bombarded with newer, better, faster-working exercise routines and equipment.
But what if newer didn’t necessarily mean better? What if you didn’t need to be buying a fancy new machine with cables and crazy moving parts? What if your tried-and-true treadmill was suddenly the coolest kid on the block again?
No, this is not a dream. Your treadmill is having its comeback moment and it works to your advantage.Continue reading
We know a good work out is healthy for your mind and body. But what if it could also be good for the planet?
This is the idea behind the new Verde treadmill.
It’s part of the Eco-Powr line of fitness equipment from SportsArt – a company which calls itself “The Green Fitness Company.”
SportsArt is setting itself apart in the ever-growing world of fitness equipment by giving you the option of a treadmill that doesn’t use power when you work out… it generates it.
They believe your workout could do more than just power your muscles, it can also generate electricity to help power the world.
Now, how cool is that?Continue reading
Have you ever felt like you needed to “blow off some steam” at the gym?
Your day was frustrating, your boss was on your back, and the parking ticket on your car just threw you into a blind rage.
So you headed to the gym, full of anger, and decided to pump some iron, beat on a punching bag, or run on the treadmill until you drop.
Yup… we’ve all been there.
It’s common for people to use exercise as a way to cope with anger. But a recent study shows this might not be the best idea.
It can actually put your health at great risk. How? Well, let’s dive into the research…Continue reading