Among one of the New Year’s most popular resolutions for many people is the desire to work out more and achieve peak fitness. While the intentions are good, keeping the motivation past the first few weeks is often a challenge for some. Coupled with the fact that it takes some time before physical results are evident, and you can see why many people fall of the exercise wagon by the time spring rolls in.
While many individuals who adhere to fitness routines confess to having started at an early age, there’s no reason you can’t find the consistency and motivation to keep going, even if it’s the first time you are exercising. Consider the following tips.
Temper your expectations
The most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world took time to build, so have reasonable expectations about the gains you will make. Rather than aim for achieving a high level of performance in a short time, start at a comfortable level and work to slowly build your strength, stamina, and conditioning.
It doesn’t have to be boring
Choose routines and workouts that are not only effective but exciting as well. Have a list of activities that you find enjoyable and incorporate them into your workout. Additionally, have inspiring music playing along every time you exercise.
Lastly, you don’t have to exercise at the gym only. Find additional ways of being active, like taking the stairs at work, walking to the grocery store, finding friends to have fun with at the park.
Natris Morris is a former wrestler who has maintained his love for sports and keeping fit regardless of a busy work schedule.