We are about a month into 2016, so now is a good time to check in on those New Year’s fitness resolutions you may have made. Every New Year close to 50 percent of the population makes a resolution, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute (SBRI). Of that 50 percent, a majority will make a fitness-related goal, and SBRI found that ‘losing weight’ and ‘staying fit and healthy’ were among the top ten resolutions made in 2015.
In spite of the popularity of these resolutions, SBRI found that only eight percent of people who make a resolution report that they are successful in achieving their goals. Straying from your resolutions can happen for a number of reasons, from losing interest to lacking the resources to achieve your goals. To make sure that this is the year that you keep your resolution, we have come up with a list of tips and tricks to keep you motivated and on track for your fittest year yet.
Join A Team
It can be hard to keep yourself accountable, especially in the winter, when fleece blankets, cozy slippers and Netflix marathons are far more tempting than braving the winter cold for a workout. One way to stay motivated this year is sign up for a training program with supportive coaches and teammates to help keep you on track.
The YMCA 10K Training team kicks off on January 30th and is a great way to stay motivated this year. With 18 training locations and groups that cater to walkers, joggers, and runners of all skill and experience levels, the program is a great opportunity to prepare for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, achieve your fitness goals, and make a few friends in the process. Check out this video to learn more about the 10k Training Team.
Dress for the Weather
Running outside, especially when it’s cold, calls for extra preparation to make sure that your workout is successful. If you plan on running outdoors this winter, take a quick look at these tips and tricks for exercising in the cold.
1. Dress as though it is 20 degrees warmer outside (to allow for your body temperature to rise throughout the workout), and wear dry, wicking materials that will your skin to breathe during the run.
2. Try not to wear running shoes with mesh, especially in wet conditions, to avoid having your feet get cold and wet during your workout.
3. Run with a partner! You’re less likely to skip out on a run when there is someone depending on you for a group workout.
Hit the Gym
Don’t get frustrated if your outdoor workout has to be postponed because of winter weather. There are plenty of activities you can do indoors that will keep you on track. If you have a gym membership, you can run on the treadmill, pick up the free weights, or try out a spin class. If you don’t have a gym membership, a great option is to try out a Fitness Warriors class. The Warriors are community leaders in the Richmond area that lead FREE fitness classes six days a week as part of their training to become fitness instructors. The workouts range from HIIT classes to yoga, and the schedule is available on the Fitness Warriors page.
To keep yourself from getting discouraged this year, try setting benchmarks. This can be a great way to break up your goal and keep yourself from feeling disheartened when February rolls around and you don’t see a lot of progress. An idea for a benchmark could be running a mile without stopping or getting through an entire bodypump class at your local gym without sitting out a rep. Reaching small accomplishments can help you make 2016 the year that you stick to your resolutions!