According to WalletHub, the majority of Americans break their New Year’s goals by February, so we talked to experts at Life Time Fitness to see what you can do to break the cycle.
“Everyone is all excited at the beginning, but they lose the commitment and lose the motivation and that’s why they trickle off,” personal trainer Amy Peterson said.
The first rule when it comes to sticking to your New Year’s resolution is to get your foot in the door and get ready to shock your body by mixing up your workouts.
“Us humans, we get bored if we do the same thing, and your body reacts the same way,” Peterson said. “So doing different things that will change it up and keep your mind into it will actually help with your results into it.”
The second rule: have a long-term goal that goes past February, and stick to a goal that matters to you.
“You have to really understand what you’re looking for, and it has to go beyond ‘I want to be fit ’cause everyone else is fit.’ No, you want to be fit for a reason, so you need to find out what your ‘why’ is,” Peterson said.
Rule number three: choose healthier options.
“Nutrition is overall the hardest part about fitness,” Peterson said. “It’s 80 percent of the success of it.”
Peterson said it’s okay to have a cheat day once in a while, by sticking to the 80/20 rule.
“Eighty percent of the time you eat well and get your workouts,” Peterson said. “Twenty percent of the time you still love have that glass of wine, don’t feel bad about it.”
Those gains will come, but maybe not as soon as you’d like.
“Patience is probably the biggest element as to why people quit, because they don’t have the patience to continue on,” Peterson said. “Your body wasn’t built in a day. You’re actively changing your lifestyle to build a lifestyle you can stick with, and that requires patience.”