5 Fitness Tips for the New Year

As the holiday season ends, you might be carrying around a few extra pounds of holiday weight. This makes January a great month to commit to getting fit. Despite our best intentions, many of us still struggle to get back in shape. Here are some great fitness tips to get back in shape for the new year.

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5 Fitness Tips for the New Year

Fitness Tip #1: Don’t Make Resolutions, Set Goals Instead

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to maintain. This is often because we focus on unrealistic goals that would be impossible for anyone to achieve all at once. Try to avoid resolutions. Set simple, achievable goals that you can reach in the near future. After you reach your first goal, you can set another and another and before you know it, you’ll have reached a major fitness goal.

Fitness Tip #2: Improve Your Nutrition

Many people think that if you exercise regularly, you can eat whatever you want and not worry about it. This is completely false. Look at ways in which you can improve your diet. Reduce sugar, and processed foods. Create more balanced meals with low fat proteins and lots of fresh produce.

Fitness Tip #3: Avoid Diets

Diets are difficult to maintain, and they can even be unhealthy. Certain fad diets can even do more harm than good to your health. Living a healthy lifestyle does not mean that you cut things out of your diet. It means that you add more healthy, balanced meals into your life. It’s all about balance.

Fitness Tip #4: Start Small

Another reason why people find it challenging to maintain a fitness routine is that they try to do too much all at once. Aim for small goals. If you are rather sedentary, aim for 5-10 minutes of exercise. Slowly move up to 30 minutes a day. Even a brisk walk counts. As you get more fit, and achieve more goals, you will be able to slowly increase the amount of time spent, and your difficulty level.

Fitness Tip #5 Do Something Fun

Don’t pick an activity that you dislike. Some people force themselves to run or join a class because they think it will help them get fit. The problem is, if you are not having fun, you are far more likely to quit. Sure, you are going to need to push yourself a bit, but select activities that you enjoy. Perhaps you enjoy something like cycling, dancing, or swimming. Just find something you really enjoy doing, and you are more likely to keep it up.

What are your tips for getting fit in the new year?

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Jenn

Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Arnas

    Love the tip about starting small! When starting any new fitness endeavor you’re likely to be super motivated and want to make huge daily commitment like “I’ll go to the gym for an hour 5 days a week”. But motivation waxes and wanes, and life gets in the way. The best way to go about it is to build upon little successes, so you can feel proud of your progress and motivated to continue instead of guilty that you skipped your last 3 hour-long workouts.

    1. Jenn

      Thanks for your comment Arnas. I see that you are a personal trainer. If you ever have an interest in providing a guest post, you are welcome. Best of luck with your business as well.

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  3. Kelly

    I usually start a resolution in December instead of Jan 1st. I know this wouldn’t work for most people but to be me….I don’t like the Jan 1st starting day – its offputting. So far its worked a treat for me…I get through the Christmas period, then Jan 1st seems easy,

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