January is over, and that fresh “new year” feeling has passed. Have you kept all of your resolutions? Based on statistics from a survey on American New Year’s resolutions, 45 percent of resolutions are to lose weight or get in shape. According to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February.
If your goal is to get in shape, here are three tips to keep you on track.
- Focus on the process, not the result. People often set a goal to lose weight by a certain time frame, but then give up on healthier habits when they don’t reach their goals. It can be hard to stay focused on the process because we live in a society of instant gratification. If I want something, I can place an order from my phone without having to visit a store. When everything else in life doesn’t come as easily, it can be disheartening. Change is hard. Keep a positive mindset, and celebrate the fact that you’re on your way to better health.
- NEAT. NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It’s a strategy for being more active in your daily life. Going from never exercising to working out daily can cause one to skip training or stop altogether. That method can also lead to depression when the exercise program isn’t maintainable. One of the best ways to burn more calories is to be more active in your daily lifestyle. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, stand more often throughout the day, or perform a stretching routine during commercials breaks while watching TV. These are all ways to sneak activity into your day.
- Be consistent. Consistency is the most important method for maintaining fitness goals. If you spend a substantial amount of time doing something, you will become very good at it. Think of sports professionals. While they might be naturally athletic, they practice their sport every day. Their consistency allows them to be the best at what they do. It’s the same for anyone. The individuals who are always in the gym and eat well are typically the ones in better shape.