Making good habits sounds encouraging, but keeping them isn’t as easy. Most of us tend to postpone getting started with a new habit to next week, next month or even next year (kudos to peeps who have a willpower strong enough to avoid delaying!). Now that we are at the beginning of 2021, no more excuses are left for you not to stick to your newly made habits.
Habits form a portion of our personality and functionality, and they impact the outcome of our mentalities and decisions. Same goes for fitness habits. Whatever you decide to keep doing will support your workout and life routine. Consider your plans and goals, this will help you choose your habits wise and practical.
If you’re still wondering what exactly to focus on to achieve for the next year, check out our list of recommended habits.
1. Obtain a Consistent Routine.
When you’re trying to set a workout plan for the whole year, keep in mind that not every single week (let alone every month!) can be the same for you. This means strict weekly plans are likely to get interrupted, and it’s the last thing you want when trying to develop a new habit and more importantly, keep it going.
Strict schedule doesn’t mean healthy and productive. In fact, tight schedules are a lot more likely to wear you out in a short while and soon you’ll find yourself unwilling to stick to such a tiresome program. You want exercising and workout to energize you, not consume it till the verge of leaving you exhausted.
Planning a flexible program with enough breaks to alter some plans in case of possible disturbances (better say, definite disturbances) is necessary to save both your sanity and the consistency of your habit. Set an affordable plan according to your goals and most of it will be easy to achieve.
2. Follow a Versatile Diet (without crossing red lines)
Of course your diet should meet your requirements and limitations, but following the same old diet all year round can be as exhausting and discouraging as a tight workout schedule might be. A legit reason to diversify your diet is the change of seasons. Our body requirements are slightly altered according to natural changes, and it’s a wise choice to set your goals and choices based on what Mother Nature has preplanned for thousands of years.
Make sure your diet choices do not violate main goals, however. Versatility should be applied to amount of energy and foodstuff you choose for weekly and monthly plans to keep the palatability sound and avoid food boredom. See what your options are and if you’re supposed to follow a certain diet routine, regard your limitations.
3. Diversify Your Workout Routine
Our favorites, in terms of everything (from foodstuff and music to exercising) are not permanent and if you stick to a certain factor for a long while, you most likely won’t find it interesting enough to keep going on with. As your interest and dedication to keep on descends, less effective the exercise would be.
This is why we’re recommending you to involve various forms of exercises and workout practices in your plan. Remember to choose workout practices and exercises within the range of your destination so you’ll achieve the same result with a mixture of various options.
4. Remember Warm Up’s
Warming up is affordable for first few times but you’ll gradually get bored with spending extra time getting ready for workouts. It might sound troublesome to engage yourself with pre-workout practices, but if you get the idea of how crucial warming up and getting your engine running is to your health, your mind will be changed about warm ups.
It’s a highly important habit to develop when you’re planning to get physically active. Doing a few stretches or marking time will signal your muscles that it’s time for some serious movement, so they’ll less likely to get pulled or fall into energy deficiencies.
5. Practice for Goals, Not Aesthetics
Exercising to stay in shape is definitely one of the most popular goals among workout trainees. It might sound thrilling and encouraging for the first few months (if not less) but gradually you’ll lose interest when every effort you’ve put in the practice was meant to keep you simply in shape and nothing further was considered.
Your goals should be as measurable as possible. For example, decide how many push-ups you want to do in a week and what distance you’re supposed to run within a month.
If you’ve been trying to get in shape or earn that sweet body you’ve been longing for, remember that such goals might not interest you and save your enthusiasm in the long run. Yearly programs should be thought out wisely and thoroughly before hopping into the program and trying to make a habit out of it.
Consult your personal trainer or an expert coach for more precise plans and re-evaluate your goals and progress from time to time.