How to stick to your New Year's Resolutions
THE start of a new year is a popular time to commit to fresh health and fitness goals, but how do you stick to them when your motivation wanes?
Snap Fitness Kingaroy manager Kayla Smith said this time of year was always a busy one for gyms.
"We have only been open for 20 minutes and we have already had a few inquiries and a young guy just joined up,” she said this morning.
The increase in people looking to join a gym at this time of year is not surprising.
The end of the year culminates with a series of alcohol-fuelled Christmas parties and New Year's Eve celebrations so by January 2 your body is screaming for some healthy alternatives.
"There is lots of eating and drinking in December, so it is common for people to want to get fit and to lose weight this time of year,” Ms Smith said.
But how do you stay motivated to keep up your fitness plan beyond January and right through the year?
The Kingaroy gym manager suggests a few ideas to keep you on track long after the post-Christmas motivation subsides.
"Write down your goals - short-term, long-term and daily goals,” she said.
"You have to create a habit.
"Have a weekly program and a meal plan if you can.”
Joining a gym or starting an exercise routine with a friend is also a easy way tap into motivation.
"A lot of people come in to the gym alone, but they end up meeting someone else and they get motivated together,” Ms Smith said.
As the hard work starts to pay off and you see improvements, it is important to reward yourself.
"Buy some new clothes or go out, just don't buy any chocolate!”
For those just starting out, joining the gym or starting a exercise routine can be a daunting experience.
"We get a lot of girls who are shy and don't know what to do,” Ms Smith said.
"We are really open and we are here to help everyone.”
Consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.