January is synonymous with New Year’s resolutions. “Exercise more” is undoubtedly one of the top three most popular resolutions—and the one that gets ditched the fastest!
How can you keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise more? By following these tips, you’ll be more likely to maintain your resolution throughout the year!
- Choose an activity that you will really enjoy!
- If your New Year’s resolution is to become more physically active, that probably means you are not the sporty type. When you are not a huge sports fan, it is easy to become swayed by the latest fitness trends—without really knowing if you will enjoy a particular activity. Before taking the leap, why not sign up for a free class before spending money on an entire session or costly equipment? Many gyms and sports centers offer newcomers to try a class for free or for a discounted rate. Oftentimes, you can even bring a friend.
- Do you like individual or group sports? Depending on your personality, burning calories in a group can either be motivating—or highly stressful. On the other hand, trying a new activity can be hard when nobody is around to encourage you or keep you company. Sometimes, exploring a new sport is best done with a buddy!
- Consider the activity’s weekly schedule. For example, group activities are held at predetermined hours. For some people, a fixed schedule is better to maintain a routine. For others, individual sports, practiced alone or with a friend, are a more flexible means for getting into shape.
- Think about the time it will take you to get the activity. Even if you start enjoying a new sport, if it requires long transit times, especially during traffic hour, your motivation may decrease over time.
- Have realistic expectations. Sports, like anything else in life, are best enjoyed when you set goals. These goals should be realistic; if you have huge ambitions for the coming year, break them down into achievable goals. For example, before signing up for a marathon, budding runners should aim to try a 5K first!
- If needed, consult with your family doctor before you begin any new physical activity. If you suffer from a chronic illness or have been sedentary for a while, you should talk with your doctor. Everyone can be physically active—but not all activities are right for everyone. Your doctor can provide recommendations on what sports are the safest for your current health.
- Why not book a consultation with a kinesiologist or other sports professional to establish a custom fitness program based on your ability, skills and preferences? It’s a great way to get moving and prevent injuries.
By following these simple tips, you will be more successful in keeping your New Year’s resolution. On your mark. Get set. And get moving!