Saddle up, folks: the new year is here and the resolutions are a-blazing. There’s something about the beginning of the year where hope runs rampant and ambition flows freely. The key to riding your quest for health and fitness past the first few months of the new year is to keep the momentum going that surged through you on January 1st. Day-to-day circumstances and “life” in general may make it seem hard to keep your fitness goals a priority, but in order to receive the results you want, you must indeed do what you have never done. But don’t stress, because you can do it! Create time One of the main complaints that comes with working out is that one simply doesn't have enough time. Contrary to popular belief, you do have enough time, but you may have to make some adjustments to your existing schedule. One does not reach any goal without some form of sacrifice, and being committed to your fitness resolution is no different. Your sacrifice may come in the form of waking up an hour earlier than usual to get a workout in — either at home or at the gym — before heading to the office. It may be to use your lunch break to take a midday spin class as opposed to hanging around the water cooler. Whatever sacrifice you need to make in the name of time, do it. You’ll feel pride that you are doing something positive for not only your body, but your mental health as well. Be intentional When you are intentional with what it is that you want to achieve, you are acknowledging that it is okay to want more than what you currently have in life. You are stating the desire to make fitness a permanent part of your routine, and you are immersed in all the benefits of why you actually want to accomplish this amazing feat. Set the intention of making health a number one priority and allow yourself the space to make it happen. When you are intentional with your fitness resolution, you are going far beyond making a bold, generalized statement; instead, you are making it a lifestyle. In order to see things all the way through, you must frame your mind to adjust to seeing your health goal as a new way of living. When you do this, you are guaranteeing your own success. Don’t overthink it When it comes to setting goals, and putting your best self forward, it is wise to not get too wrapped up in your thoughts. A lot of the time, people tend to overthink themselves right into inaction, and that is the last thing you want to do when it comes to health and fitness. Once you have set your intentions, it’s best to go full throttle toward success. You do not have to have the perfect conditions to start. Do not talk yourself out of making health and wellness a priority in the new year under any circumstances. If you happen to fall off the wagon on your journey, it’s okay. Just be sure to pick yourself up, and keep moving forward. Be firm with yourself and know that each step you are taking is a step in the right direction. This year, think of your resolution as a promise you made to yourself. Allow it to lead you toward the person that you’ve always wanted to become. In the arena of health and wellness, there is only you and what you want to achieve. Your New Year’s resolution is just the beginning of a lifelong journey in happiness, physical activity and overall well-being. This is your year to totally rock it!
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