Every morning when you wake up, have your goals slap-bang in front of your face! You could have your favourite workout routine on display to encourage you to do it more often, or a few motivational post-it notes taped to your mirror; anything that’s going to give you a daily reminder to check in with your fitness resolutions and get to work.
Arguably the best way to do this is to get yourself a dedicated workout calendar exclusively for you to make plans and track your progress. Put it somewhere you won’t miss it, and enjoy taking 30 seconds of satisfaction at the end of each day to cross off your workouts.
It’s up for debate whether telling people about your fitness goals is more effective than keeping them secret. On the one hand, studies have shown that those who tell their intentions to others are much more likely to succeed due to being held accountable. On the other hand, according to studies in a 2009 issue of Psychological Science, “when people announce an intention to commit to an identity goal in public, that announcement may actually backfire”. The simple act of telling someone that you intend to do something means that your mind already feels like it has accomplished enough of the goal.
Consider your personality, and whether or not you will achieve your goal faster by telling friends and family, or by keeping it to yourself. Which will work best for you?
Teaming up with a buddy and creating a workout plan together, whether that’s with a PT or your best friend from school, is a great way of staying motivated and not skipping workouts just because you don’t feel like it. If someone else is depending on you to motivate them in return, you’re much more likely to get out of bed on a Sunday morning and do that run, than put it off until later.
If you don’t have any fellow fitness enthusiasts around to team up with, why not put up a flyer in your gym asking if anyone would like to train together? Making friends who share your goals is always a good thing!
Most exercise classes give you the option to pay upfront, i.e. pay as you go for £7 per class, or pay for 10 classes now for £50. If you’re looking for more reasons to stay motivated, paying upfront for classes means that most of us are more likely to actually go, as we have the added incentive of not losing out on money.
Paying as you go is good if you’re on a budget or you’re unsure of how much you can commit to classes, but if you’re determined to make yourself go every week then try paying in bulk for that extra boost of motivation.
The best way to ensure you are motivated to exercise and achieve your NY fitness resolutions, is to try out some new workouts and find the one that makes you feel uplifted and excited when you’re doing it.
Whether that’s salsa dancing lessons, long distance running, weight training or standup paddleboarding, if you’re dying to get out of work and go to your class then you’ve found your fitness calling, and you’ll be more likely to go more often.
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