By now, we are already more than two weeks into the new year, which means that almost one-third of people who made a New Year’s resolution will have given up on their goal. It’s a sad statistic, and one that we hope you don’t become a part of.
If you have a made a health-based New Year’s resolution this year, and you are afraid that you may not uphold your resolution, follow these tips to keep you going strong all year long.
This year, 21.4% of people made the resolution to lose weight/eat more healthy, according to Statistics Brain. This is a hard resolution to keep, but one that is completely attainable if you employ some of these tactics:
- Bring in the Support: one of the best motivators is having the support of friends and family. By telling everyone you know what your plans are, they will be able to help you stay on track.
- Clean House: if it’s not in your home, you can’t eat it. Gift or give away all the things you want to cut back on or stop eating in order to rid yourself of the temptation.
- Reward Yourself: going cold turkey can be tough, so remember that it’s okay to reward yourself with a single cheat day once or twice a month (just don’t overdo it).
- Try New Foods: Now is the perfect time to expand your horizons. Find new, healthy things to eat that you’ve never had before. Adding some diversity to your diet will help keep things interesting. Plus, you never know when you will find something healthy that you really like. Replace those unhealthy cravings with something better for your body.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or bulk up, working out is another one of the top New Year’s resolutions people make. Here’s how you can keep training hard all year long:
- Don’t Break the Chain: this is actually a trick Jerry Seinfeld created in order to encourage himself to write. The idea is to hang a calendar on your wall (they also have apps available now) and put an “X” over the days that you made progress towards your goal. The first two weeks are hard to get through, but eventually your string of “X’s” will be so long that you won’t want to break the chain.
- Team Up: find a friend who has a similar goal as you and work together in order to motivate one another. It also helps if you join a gym or MMA/MA facility. Surrounding yourself with people who have the same goal as you will encourage you to train harder.
- Equip Yourself at Home: half of the battle is getting out of the house and to the gym, so why not eliminate that process altogether? Buy some gym accessories (weights, racks, kettlebells, jump ropes, etc.) and get your workout in without even leaving your home.
Get it Done With Zebra
At Zebra Athletics, we want to help you reach your goal, no matter what it may be, in any way that we can. With our home gym products, you can build your ideal gym right in your own home, keeping you motivated to work hard all year long.