The number of people in gyms all around the world in December is significantly lower as compared to January. This is proof enough people aren’t really effective at following their fitness resolutions. If you’ve bought a gym membership this year, we are here to help you take your fitness to a new level.
We understand changing your lifestyle can be hard. Some people might not be aware of things gym regulars do to stay on track and in shape, and some might need help starting out on the fitness journey. This is why we have come up with 12 ways to make 2017 your fittest year.
1. Follow a Training Plan
Working out without following a training and nutrition plan is like looking for a place in a new city without a map. You might eventually find the right way, but why take all this pain when you can take the easier way and be guided on the right path in the first place.
2. Have a Nutrition Plan in Place
No matter how hard you workout, you won’t see the positive changes in your body until your diet is on point. If you’re new to the #fitlifestyle, make sure you take help from a professional to set up a customized nutrition plan for you. You’ll be amazed at the progress you’ll make with the right diet.
3. Get a Training Partner
There will be days when you won’t want to hit the gym and this happens to all of us. Find a training partner who can motivate you and push you to your extremes. Ideally, your training partner should be at a more advanced stage than you. This will set you up for learning and quick gains.
4. Choose You Music Wisely
You are leaving money on the table if you are not working out to your favorite music. A study conducted by Dr. Jim Stoppani and the Weider group found music can increase your mood, tempo, and endurance by as much as 15%.
5. Follow a Schedule
It is so much easier to go off track if you aren’t following a set schedule. An outing with your family or a hangout with your friends can sound so much more tempting than a brutal workout in the gym. A schedule can help you keep you on track with your priorities.
6. Share Your Goals
A big reason people fail in the gym is because they don’t share their goals with anyone. Once you share your goals with someone, you’re accountable to them. You subconsciously work harder to prove yourself to them. Start with sharing your goals with someone you know is on the same path as you. If you don’t have someone like this, share your goals on social media. You’ll be blown away by the encouragement you might find online.
7. Try Something New in The Gym
Follow a program that has a lot of variations in terms of exercise and diet. Once your body is accustomed to your exercises, it responds to them more with less efficiency and hence stunts your growth. Variations will keep your body guessing and will set you up for some serious muscle growth.
8. Prepare Your Meals in Advance
One of the biggest reasons people fall off their diet is because they find themselves in a place where they’re hungry and tempted by junk food at the same time. Preparing your meals takes out the chances of you getting hungry at odd times and not finding healthy meals. You can use your Sundays to cook meals for the entire week.
9. Use Supplements To Help You Achieve Your Goals
It might be hard for you to meet your daily nutrition intake goals on a natural diet, especially if you’re a vegetarian. Supplements can be incredibly helpful in making you meet your nutrition goals. But don’t forget, they are called supplements for a reason. Nothing can beat the benefits of real foods.
10. Surround Yourself With Life Minded People
A little motivation can take you a long way. There are millions of people who embark on the fitness journey every year and millions who have been living the fitness lifestyle for a long time now. Look for such people around you or online. They can become your constant source of knowledge and motivation.
11. Do Some Necessary Changes To Your Home
Fitness doesn’t end in the gym. You take it with you wherever you go, especially your home. Invest in a few things which can help you advance towards your fitness goals. A treadmill or something cheaper like a yoga mat or a foam roller are good places to start.
12. It’s Time to Buy Some Gym Gear
Gym gear like gloves, wrist wraps, weightlifting straps, weightlifting belt can take your workouts to a whole new level. These gear aren’t given their fair share of credit when it comes to helping people achieve their goals. You’ll never see a pro athlete without his gear in the gym. This should be reason enough for you to follow suit.