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10 Effective Ways to Stay Motivated with Your New Year Fitness Goals

10 Effective Ways to Stay Motivated with Your New Year Fitness Goals

Tips for staying on track


The excitement of starting fresh in a new year can give you the motivation to achieve your fitness goals. However, for many people, that initial enthusiasm can fade as quickly as it arrives, and they find themselves losing interest in their fitness journey. This is why it's important to find ways to stay motivated and committed to your fitness goals - all year long. Read on for our top ten effective ways to help you retain this impulse to achieve.


  1. Set Realistic Goals:  It's essential to set realistic goals for yourself. Don't set your expectations too high, or you'll be setting yourself up for disappointment. Start with setting a series of small, achievable goals, and slowly work your way up. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you stay motivated.  If you average 3,000 steps a day, aiming to get to 5,000 could be a great start! 


  1. Find an Accountability Partner:  Having a workout buddy can be a huge motivation boost. Find someone who shares your fitness goals and workout together regularly. This will make your fitness routine more enjoyable and keep you accountable.


  1. Keep a Journal:  Write down your fitness goals, achievements, and struggles in a journal. This will help you track your progress and identify any setbacks that may be hindering your success. You can also use the journal to write down motivational quotes, affirmations, and positive thoughts.


  1. Keep Your Workout Fun: It's important to find workouts that you enjoy doing. If you're not having fun, you're more likely to skip your workouts and lose motivation. Try new workout classes, outdoor activities, or incorporate your favorite music into your workout.  During the month of January check out the Get Fit for No Kid Hungry’s calendar of free online classes!  You may find a new favorite.  


  1. Reward Yourself:  Reward yourself for reaching your fitness goals. Set a goal and reward yourself with something you enjoy, such as a new workout outfit, manicure or massage. It will help you stay motivated and give you something to work towards.


  1. Focus on the Benefits:  Focus on the benefits of exercise, such as increased energy levels, improved mood, and better sleep. Feeling these positive changes can give you the motivation to keep going and make it easier to reach your fitness goals.


  1. Create a Schedule:  Create a workout schedule that fits your lifestyle, and stick to it. Consistency is key when it comes to fitness, and having a schedule will help you stay on track. Many people find that working out first thing in the morning is an energizing way to start the day.  


  1. Keep it Simple:  Don't complicate your fitness routine with elaborate equipment or workout plans. Instead focus on the basics. This will make your workout routine more manageable and less daunting.


  1. Track Your Progress:  Track your progress regularly, whether it's through photos, measurements, weigh-ins, or fitness tests. It will help you see how far you've come and give you the motivation to keep going.


  1. Stay Positive:  Finally, stay positive. Don't get discouraged by setbacks or slower progress. Remember that fitness is a journey, not a destination. Stay positive and celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem!


Published January 1, 2024

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