New Year’s Resolutions

Steps to resolution

By Jay Blahnik, IDEA Health & Fitness Association, 2014

YOU CAN DO ITMany people start the New Year with a resolution to exercise more, lose weight or improve their health — but even though they have high intentions of success, most people lose track and are unsuccessful.

When January hits, people tend to get overwhelmed with the responsibilities of everyday life, and their exercise plans get put on the back burner. So plan your exercise resolutions during the holidays; doing so will improve your chances of success.

Here are some tips:

  1. Buy your gear. What supplies do you need to get back into exercise? New workout shoes or clothes? Maybe a set of dumbbells, workout videos or a yoga mat? Make a list and carry it with you, so you can pick up these items while holiday shopping. If your family and friends exchange gifts during the holidays, put a few of these workout items on your gift list. When January 1 rolls around, you’ll have everything you need to get started without delay.
  2. Set your goals. Start by making a list of your yearly exercise goals, and then break them into smaller, easier-to-achieve quarterly goals. For example, commit to running once a week in the first quarter, but increase your runs to four times a week by the fourth quarter. Or commit to trying a new exercise or activity each quarter. You could take a kickboxing class once a week in the first quarter, and then switch to a yoga class once a week in the second quarter and so on.Having these goals already set when the New Year rolls around makes it easier to get started and stay committed. And if you get off-track during the year, you’ll know where to restart.
  3. Find a workout buddy. Spend some time during the holidays talking with friends about your exercise goals, and see if one of them will commit to exercising with you in the coming year. It isn’t necessary to do all your workouts together, but doing at least one workout a week with a buddy will help you both stay motivated.
  4. Share your goals. Tell your intentions to trusted family, friends and co-workers. Explain your yearly and quarterly goals and tell them about your exercise buddy. Ask them to check in with you throughout the year on your progress. This will increase your accountability and adherence to your program, and it may encourage those close to you to increase their activity level too. If others know what you’re trying to achieve, you’ll be less likely to drop your program.
  5. Enjoy the holidays but get psyched up! The end of the year is full of family gatherings, vacations, celebrating and snacking. You can enjoy everything the season has to offer and still get motivated about the New Year and your exercise plans. Slowly begin making changes in your daily and weekly schedule to accommodate your new exercise intentions in the coming year. The last month of the year is a perfect time to mentally prepare yourself and establish a positive attitude about reaching your goals.

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The YMCA is the perfect place to belong if becoming healthier is on your list. We are here to help, support, and encourage you to reach your goals and our staff are always on hand to answer questions and suggest classes, programs, and exercises to keep you from getting bored with your workout. At the Y, you can work with a personal trainer to stay the course and provide individual attention and inspiration. Included with membership is a large variety of group exercise classes (i.e. Tabata, Zumba, Yoga, Turbo Kick, PowerCut, Body Pump, Water Exercise, Group Cycling, etc.). All are fun, interactive and motivating classes held in a group setting, and all are led by experienced and certified instructors. Here are some tips and ideas to get you started toward meeting your health goals!

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Chances are, if you have a family, you have also resolved to spend quality time with your family. If that’s true for you, then the Y is the perfect place to meet that resolution head-on! We offer lots of ways for families to spend time together or spend time individually doing things that help you learn, grow, and thrive.

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