Now that we’re several weeks into the new year, it’s time to start assessing those resolutions. Are you sticking to them? If not, you aren’t alone. Many ambitious fitness goals quickly dissolve into disappointment. That’s why it’s so important to be honest with yourself. For example, if you can’t remember the last time you lifted weights, it’s probably not the best idea to have the same goals as someone who has been at the gym every day for the last five years. When you’re honest with yourself, you can establish a baseline from which to work. Doing so allows you to establish realistic, attainable goals for 2018. Here are some ideas for realistic resolutions that will make a difference, according to Huffington Post:
- Hold a plank – No, we’re not kidding. Planks are one of the most effective exercises out there. While you may focus primarily on your upper and lower half, planks work the body’s core. Start with just 30 seconds and build up to one minute. The more you do planks, the easier they should become. Maybe best of all, planks can be done just about anywhere.
- Set a SMART goal – These kinds of goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. It doesn’t do much good to say that you want to lose weight or build muscle in the new year. What’s better is that you want to lose five pounds by March. If you reach that goal, feel free to reward yourself with something worthwhile.
- Avoid the ‘all or nothing’ mentality – Let’s say you haven’t done long distance running in years but want to run a marathon at the end of 2018. Such a lofty goal is likely to set yourself up to fail. Keep in mind that those who can’t stick with unrealistic expectations wind up doing nothing at all. That’s why it’s imperative to find some sort of middle ground with fitness resolutions.
- Find a workout buddy – Let’s see if this sounds familiar. You’ve been getting better at working out on your way home from the office. But there are days when you’re tired and have absolutely no energy to exercise. A workout buddy can push you through these obstacles with constant encouragement. It’s much easier to stay true to your workouts when someone is waiting up for you at the gym.
- Have fun exercising – Think back to your childhood for a moment. Remember how excited you were for recess? Believe it or not, you can have that same excitement when getting in a workout. Don’t just focus on setting goals and making sure to fit in physical activity. Join a pickup basketball league, play tennis, take sunrise/sunset walks, etc. If you aren’t actually enjoying your fitness routine, there’s a good chance you won’t stick with it for the long haul.
Join Our Boxing Gym
What better way to achieve your fitness goals for 2018 than by joining a boxing gym? Spinoxhiit isn’t your average boxing club. Our family atmosphere allows you to feel right at home during your workouts. By no means is there a vibe of intimidation. Plus, each of our classes are led by an experienced boxing trainer. Just because you’ve never considered taking boxing lessons doesn’t mean you wouldn’t enjoy them.
See how boxing training in Oak Park fits in with your active lifestyle. Call Spinoxhiit for a free first week of training.