A new year means a new you. A time to turn a new leaf, start fresh and perhaps hit the reset button. We all know the holidays can do our bodies a little damage. So, how do bounce back after all the eating, drinking and the chaos? According to a recent study, only 8% of all people actually stick to their new year's resolutions. We've gathered together our best tips for how to adhere to, and maintain your work out resolutions in the new year.
Pick a time and stick with it
It may seem simple, and silly, but by mentally preparing yourself for your daily workouts at a set time, you'll help yourself follow through. One of the hardest things about working out is finding the time in your busy day. But, working out decreases your cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increases positive feelings. Check your calendar and write in "work out" in a set time slot, that you know you can meet.
Give it a month
Seeking outrageous goals will set you up for failure. Give yourself a month to progress towards your fitness goals. Hit the gym 2 times a week, then 3, then 5. If you can stick with your routine for a month, you're more likely to continue with it into the year.
Prep in advance
Obvious to some, but not all. Pack your gym bag and lay out your gym clothes in advance. Every evening, place your gym clothes (with your sneakers!) out in the place you get ready. Once the alarm goes off, you know that those clothes are calling your name. It just makes it that much harder to hit snooze.
Give yourself a pat-on-the-back. Life is hectic, the days are dark, and it's freezing outside. By keeping up with your goals, you should treat yourself every now and then. We like to treat ourselves to yoga classes, massages, a drink with friends or some cute new workout gear.
Remember, the new year is simply an opportunity to make positive life changes and set new goals. Start small, but think big!