A few weeks into 2012, many of us are struggling to make our New Year’s resolutions a reality. If your goals this year are fitness-related, keep the momentum going and follow these simple steps to starting and sticking with an exercise program.
Be realistic about your limits
Look at your available time, your interests, and your current fitness level when selecting an exercise program. Be honest with yourself – taking on more than you can handle will only be discouraging.
Try a few different workouts
Take your time finding an exercise style that appeals to you. Be open-minded – you never know what might work for you until you try it.
Set goals for yourself
Pick something that is challenging but within reach. Once you’ve met your goal, set a new one. Do something to reward yourself every time you meet a goal.
Make exercise part of your daily routine
Try walking or biking all or part of your commute to and from work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, every day. Work out while you’re watching TV.
Work out with friends
Set up a weekly walk, run, or gym date with friends. You’ll have more fun and you will serve as each other’s motivation!