Starting small – Top tips to sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions

 In Exercise

It’s a New Year and naturally you’d have your resolutions listed. Perhaps becoming more active, eating healthier or losing a few kilos have made your list?  You feel amped and ready to reach those goals only the feeling doesn’t last too long.

We’re here to give you some tips and great exercises to get you going on your road to reaching your goals for the New Year without giving up.

Let’s start with why many people might give up on their New Year’s resolutions:

  • Trying to do it alone without a friend or support structure
  • Goals are set too high
  • Lack of time management
  • No set plan on reaching those goals
  • Self-doubt and a lack of confidence

Think big but start small

You may have great expectations but don’t push yourself too hard too fast, especially if you haven’t exercised or, for example, eaten a lot of healthy foods before now. If losing weight or becoming healthier is your goal, consult a dietician and/or a personal trainer and have them gage your starting point for you. From there on they will assist you or you can set small, attainable goals for yourself and gradually push yourself harder over a set period of time.

Not a fan of eating vegetables?

You can’t really start a healthy eating journey without including vegetables somewhere in there. Not to worry, here are a few suggestions you can try to make eating more veggies tolerable or perhaps even enjoyable.

  • Don’t be afraid to season your vegetables with a bit of salt or perhaps something more exotic
  • Roast your vegetables instead of boiling them, it will make them a lot more appealing
  • Slice a sweet potato into thin strips, coat them with a bit of olive oil, season and bake in the oven to make a delicious, crunchy snack that could replace your packet of chips at lunch
  • Find smart ways to incorporate them in your food like a delicious stir-fry with chicken or beef strips or wrap grilled pieces of chicken in lettuce with a bit of sauce.
  • Try, try and try everything. We know this is something your parents might have told you many times but you won’t know if you like it until you’ve tried it.

 Tips to help you stick to your exercise routine

  • In order for something to become a habit, you need to go at it for at least 66 days so be sure to set out your exercise and healthy eating plan to span across that number of days
  • Hold yourself accountable by checking in weekly with your dietician, personal trainer or even your friend and discuss the progress you’ve made
  • Although it might sound strange, figure out what you liked about working out in the first place even if it was your first time doing it. This is how you’ll learn to enjoy exercising
  • Find a time of the day that best suits you. You don’t necessarily have to exercise in the morning
  • Learn how to do the exercises right. If you’re doing them wrong you most likely won’t see any results so attending a few sessions with a personal trainer or a boot camp will help you on your way to becoming a right pro

Lastly and most importantly; never give up on yourself. It’s not going to be easy but the journey is so rewarding.

 

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