January is always a special month. As we usher in the new year, the hope for a brighter future is high.
People flock to gyms with a fiery motivation to hit their goals and make this year different from the last one.
But this motivation can be tough to sustain. All too often, a couple of months in and the momentum starts to fade.
Thankfully you can avoid this, and today we are telling you how to do just that. Here is how to make your fitness stick after January.
The Best Plan is a Consistent One
It’s the new year, and you are motivated to crush your new fitness goals. You sit down and plan out your weekly training sessions, walks, and meal plan. But wait a second! Before you plan out every hour of every day, remember this: the best plan is one you can execute consistently.
Training every day in January is a great start, but can you maintain it for 12 months? We encourage you to create a realistic plan that you can stick to for the whole year.
Start with a goal that seems too easy, like training twice a week. Then, as you prove your consistency, you can add another training day or more walks.
Align Your Fitness With Your Priorities
Next, we recommend that you align your fitness with your priorities.
While it’s nice to have a six-pack come summer, look good naked, or be able to back squat 2x your bodyweight, what are your real priorities in life?
Do you want to be a role model for your community? Do you want to physically fit for the challenges you will face as a parent? Take some time and think about what is actually important to you.
Then, think about how your fitness goals support these priorities. Developing a solid “why” behind your fitness goals will make it easier to be consistent in the long-term.
Create a Supportive Lifestyle
A great way to make fitness stick past January is to build a lifestyle that supports your fitness goals.
This lifestyle could include joining a gym and becoming part of the community. You could substitute your happy hours for walks and hikes with your friends and choose to eat at restaurants that align with your goals.
Whatever activity or behavior you choose to include, developing a supportive lifestyle will make it easier to achieve your goals.
Hire a Coach
The best way to make your fitness stick past January is to hire a coach. These fitness professionals are not just for high-level athletes. They are a valuable resource for anyone striving to achieve new health and fitness goals.
Coaches are great for many reasons, but first and foremost, they hold you accountable. Your coach will check in with you weekly to see how you are doing, see if any obstacles have come up, or see if you need more of a challenge.
Further, a coach makes it easy to stick to your fitness goals because they reduce the amount of time and effort required. They tell you what to do and when to do it, taking the guesswork out of exercise, behavior, and nutrition.
So do yourself a favor and find an OPEX Gym near you today. Hire a coach and make your fitness stick around all year!