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As the New Year begins, many of us strive to better ourselves with goals, promises, and resolutions for the months ahead. Year after year, health and fitness seem to be top of mind as we consider resolutions. At The Center, our mission is to help get you back to the life you love. Whether your goal is to run a marathon or go for a walk on your daily lunch break, here are some tips from the experts to stay on track with your health and fitness resolutions.

 

Set a date.

While the year is fresh and your motivation is high, set a specific, but reasonable, date for yourself. If your resolution is to run a 5k, sign up for one now to get the ball rolling. If your resolution is to eat healthier, choose a date down the road to check in and evaluate how things are going. Add it to your calendar now!

 

Track your progress.

Journaling, calendars, taking photos, using an app – the method you choose to record your progress is up to you and your lifestyle. Keeping track of your journey will help keep you productive and on track, and is a great way to reflect on how far you’ve come when you’re feeling discouraged.

 

Listen to your body.

Your goal should push you a bit outside your comfort zone and it’s important to challenge yourself. However, it’s also important to listen to what your body is telling you and give it what it needs. Not seeing the results you were hoping for? Maybe it’s time to ramp things up and get the intensity going. Feeling exhausted and sore? Pull back a bit – focus on stretching and active rest.

 

Get creative.

Fitness and exercise aren’t all about hitting the gym. There are countless ways to stay active and burn a few extra calories every day. Take the dog for a walk, shovel the driveway, clean the house, or walk around during your phone conversations. Every step counts!

 

Mix it up.

Many people start the year strong and find themselves burnt out after a few weeks. In fact, one study shows that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals! Switch up your routine, whatever it may be, to keep things interesting. The more variety, the more fun you’ll have – and the more likely you are to find something you love to do!

 

Use the buddy system.

Grab a coworker to walk with on your lunch break, or find a friend to join the gym with. An accountability partner will provide you with the support and motivation you need to achieve your goals. The American Society of Training and Development says that having a regular workout buddy will increase your likelihood of reaching your fitness goals by 95%!

 

Reward yourself.

Set smaller goals for yourself throughout the year to stay on track. When you meet these benchmarks, reward yourself with something that won’t undo all your hard work! Book a massage, go for a weekend getaway, or do something else you enjoy!

 

Will 2018 be the year you get back to what you love?