The new year is quickly approaching and, like many other people, you may have set a goal for yourself to get into shape. But, how many times have you started a new workout routine without finishing it, or tried to cut out those sweets that you secretly snack on at night? Yeah… it happens, we know. To help you hopefully stay on track this time, we have listed here, 7 ways to help you get fit for the new year. This January is the time to dump the excuses and kick some serious booty.
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1. Buy Used
Getting fit doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. All of your fitness goals can be accomplished with just a little bit of workout equipment, which is ideal for the budget - especially when you buy used! Some great things that you can start off with are dumbbells, an exercise mat, and resistance bands - all used! If you’re looking for bigger equipment, like a treadmill or stationary bike, check out local gyms that may be renovating or getting new machines, as they tend to sell their old machines for rockin’ prices! Try buy and sell apps like Fashion Stash or Tradesy!
2. Body Weight Movements
Your body is the only equipment you really need to get yourself to fit into that new pair of jeans you bought this year. This option is completely free and can easily be done in your spare time. If you work from home, or simply don’t want to leave the house after getting home from work, there are no more excuses for not working out! Squats, lunges, push-ups, and so many other things can be done all by yourself - no equipment needed.
3. TRX Workouts
Suspension training with TRX straps is a perfect way to avoid big and bulky home-gym equipment, and an easy and affordable way to get a great workout in at home. TRX straps can be hung from the ceiling anywhere in your house, and even packed in a suitcase if you’re someone who’s on the road a lot. TRX workouts have become super popular these days, as they are total body workouts - cardio included!
4. Use Technology
Not sure where to start as far as working out, or just simply out of ideas? Psht… there’s an app for that. Grab your phone and download one of the many workout apps available for free. From yoga, to free online personal trainers, you will be covered at all times. Do you need something to simply hold you accountable every day? Download one of the “30-day challenge” apps and stick to it! Some apps even have notifications that pop up and tell you that you need to get moving! Here are some of the top-rated workout apps to get you started:
5. Youtube It
Try some workouts straight from fitness Youtubers! But remember, just because they can’t see you doesn’t mean you can cheat yourself in the workout! No matter what style of workout you are looking for, there is something out there for everybody. Youtube workouts let you smash those New Year resolutions in the comfort of your own home.
6. Have a Plan
When someone has a plan - a written plan, to be exact - they are much more likely to continue with it and not fall off. Grab yourself a journal and write down a weekly plan of workouts. If you have a difficult time holding yourself accountable, tell someone what your plan is and have them check in on your progress. Setting goals should also be part of your plan - goals that are within your reach, but still challenging at the same time.
7. The Healthier You
Especially after the holidays, your health habits may not be as great as they used to be. There are a few basic things that you can start improving for the new year, including nutrition, sleep, and hydration. First off, start simple. For your nutrition, add in some extra fruits and veggies and leave the donuts behind. Second, sleep more! Sleeping doesn’t only do wonders for your mood, but it also does wonders for your health. So take a nap and don’t feel guilty about it! Last but not least, hydration. Drinking enough water can help you work out better, eat better, and work better!
No more putting your goals on the back burner. No more saying, “I’ll just start next week.” There is no better time than the new year to start getting back on track! This year, make yourself you’re number one priority. Grab those dumbbells and get your butt moving! It’s time to dominate!