Keep Your Resolutions With Home Exercise Equipment
January is the time of year where everyone brings their focus back to themselves and their health. It’s the Black Friday of the fitness world. Gym memberships soar, and sales in home exercise equipment spike. And yet, a third of New Year’s Resolutioners don’t even make it to February before they’ve fallen off the wagon. You bought the equipment, the gear, and the tech. Now you just need to put in the work, but it’s easier said than done. How can you make sure you stay on the path to success and crush your goals?
One Step at a Time
While the intention of wanting to commit 110% to your resolution is admirable, it doesn’t mean you have to go all out. All-or-nothing goals tend to lead to all-or-nothing failures. Lasting physical changes take time to appear, but we live in a culture of instant gratification. If the difference isn’t immediately noticeable, people get frustrated, discouraged, and ultimately give up before they’ve even really started.
Instead of setting a goal of losing 30 lbs by the summer, and then getting frustrated when you don’t notice any physical difference by the end of week one, try a different method. Sometimes the problem is that you know your goal but have no concept of how to realistically achieve it. If your long term goal is to lose 30 lbs, make smaller short-term goals that will help get you there. They can be things like “Today I will not eat any unhealthy food” or “Today I will use my home exercise equipment for one hour.” Losing 30 lbs by the summer is an abstract resolution, but by stringing together 120 days of short-term achievements, it becomes a lot more manageable. Plus, you get the satisfaction of achieving your goals every single day, and who doesn’t love that feeling?
Make Your Resolution Realistic
One huge aspect of ensuring a successful resolution is to make goals that are realistically achievable. If you’ve never exercised a day in your life, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll be hitting the weights for an hour 7 days a week. Even the mystical power of the New Year isn’t going to completely reverse a lifetime of habits. This goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip of breaking down your resolution into more manageable chunks. “I want to be able to perform 10 bodyweight dips in three months” is a lot more realistic for a novice than “I want to look like Mark Wahlberg or Jessica Biel in time for summer.”
Question Your Motives
The key to making a lifestyle change stick is to ensure that you’re doing it for the right reasons. To help make certain you can stick with your resolution to get fit, question your motives. Do you want to get ripped because you want shredded six pack abs that only the top echelon of dehydrated fitness models have? Or, do you want to get fit because you’re genuinely interested in living a healthier, longer, more functional life? Ultimately, the person that’s exercising for quality of life is more likely to stick with it than the guy that wants big guns just to make his ex jealous.
Choose the Right Home Exercise Equipment
Even the most dedicated gym rat will get bored. Workouts can become routine and mind-numbing. If working out becomes a chore, it’s time for a change. Change up your routine, and incorporate exercises that maintain your interest. Investing in the right home exercise equipment can help you deviate from routine. When stocking your home gym, make sure you get equipment that offers multiple functions so you can easily switch up your workout without needing to buy a whole new piece of home exercise equipment. If you’re trying to switch things up, it’s easier if you already have all the necessary materials for success right in front of you.
Ultimately, you need to be okay jumping back on the horse. Inevitably, you’re going to miss a workout here and there. It’s okay to cut yourself some slack every now and again, as long as you’re not letting yourself get lazy. No one can be 100% all the time. Everyone slips up, gets sick, gets busy, or otherwise misses a workout or two at some point. The key is making sure you refocus yourself. Giving yourself a short break is fine, but don’t let one off day frustrate you to the point where you give up. One missed workout is not the end of your resolution and being too hard on yourself can ultimately increase your frustration.
Remember, the most important commitment you can make is a commitment to yourself. Stay focused, and keep at it!
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