How’s that Resolution Coming? Tips to Keep Motivated Past the New Year

February is here … how is that New Year’s resolution treating you? This is usually the time of year that the grand fitness plans start to wane – meaning it’s the best time to stay focused on your goals and to renew your commitment to what you want to accomplish.

Here are a few tips to help you hold onto your motivation:

  • Find a workout buddy. Like-minded people flock together, so why not find a friend or two with the same goal? You’ll motivate one another to keep working toward your goals – and make new fitness friends along the way (and let’s be honest … fitness friends are the BEST)!
  • Try something new. Sign up for a few sessions with a trainer, check out a great new class (you can join me for one in Alexandria!), or even just find a new running, walking or biking route – change is good. It will keep your mind engaged, help your body get stronger and lessen your chance of suffering from an overuse injury all at the same time.
  • Re-evaluate your goals. Sometimes we accomplish more than we realize, but because we are so focused on the big picture, we fail to see how far we’ve come. Celebrate the little successes along the way, and keep track of them – you want something to look back at your progress once you finally do achieve your big goal.
  • Keep your head in the game! Remember, it’s supposed to be fun! Sometimes your mind needs a break as much as your body – when working out starts feeling like a chore, it’s time to take a few days to relax and re-charge. Undoubtedly, you’ll start to miss your run or your class (or perhaps your trainer keeps texting you …), and you’ll find that you come back even more motivated.

There is nothing that beats the feeling that follows a great workout,  so make the most of it! Grab a friend, take stock of what you’ve already accomplished in 2013 and re-evaluate your training plans to make sure you are on track to achieve your next goal. Most of all, enjoy doing something good for your body and your mind!

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