Just because you’re not part of the nearly 50 percent of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions that include losing weight, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set new gym goals anyway. Chances are that the start of 2016 is making you think of new accomplishments you want to achieve in the next 12 months.
As someone who has already developed a healthy habit of exercising regularly, you know that changing your routine can do you a lot of good.
“I am a believer in New Year’s resolutions,” Travis Hawkins, fitness professional, pro triathlete and coach, says. If you missed setting goals around Halloween, then the start of the new year is a “good time for anyone to set goals and work to achieve them.”
January 1 will be here before you know it. All of a sudden your gym is packed with newcomers working out. They are striving – at least for a week or two – to do what you’ve already succeeded. Be proud of yourself but remember that there is always room for improvement.
1. Try to go with fresh eyes
“This is a great goal,” Hawkins says. One new class a week can make your workouts a lot more fun and that’s a nice way of looking at the hour you spend sweating. Switch between yoga, spinning and other classes for six weeks and incorporate them into your routine. “Use every service your gym offers,” Hawkins adds. “Get your money’s worth.”
2. Don’t forget to have a plan
One problem a lot of regular gym goers have is walking in there with a goal for the day. “Go with a plan because then you feel you’ve accomplished something,” Hawkins says. Working out just for the sake of scratching that task off your To Do list isn’t doing you much good. You can forget to do an exercise you were thinking of earlier and may decide that you’ve had enough. “But it’s probably not,” Hawkins added. “If you have structure, then you can’t back out on yourself.”