4 Tips to Make Your Fitness Resolutions Last All Year Long
It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2019 has flown by, but it seems like the perfect time to check in on our New Year’s Resolutions. At the beginning, the goals we set (read: establish a new workout routine or run your first 5K) invigorate us. But when the newness of our goals fade and complex schedules collide with cold weather, it’s easy to get sidetracked and skip a workout. Experts estimate that, “80% of people who make New Year's resolutions have dropped them by the second week of February.”
Don’t worry, our friend and Beachbody Super Trainer, Jericho McMatthews, is sharing her top 4 tips to making your New Year’s Resolutions last all year long.
1. Write it Down and Make Yourself Accountable:
Taking your goals from a vision to paper and tracking your progress is key to staying accountable. One study discovered that 70% of people who wrote down their goals and sent weekly updates to a friend accomplished their goals compared to the 35% who kept their goals on the down low and didn’t write them down.
You don’t need a fancy goal planner (but if that’s your style – here are some of our favorite fitness journals) nor do you need to shout your goals out from Instagram. A simple note on your phone and confiding in a trusted friend will suffice. While Jericho isn’t a fan of tracking too many specifics, she loves goal-setting, writing down her intentions and reflecting on what makes her happy.
“One of my favorite journals is the beautiful “Happiness Journal” from kikki-K. It’s inspiring and invites space for setting objectives and outlining the steps I’ll take to reach those goals. I also love the “Thrive Journal” which offers info and tips for how to thrive everyday, and has unique pages such as sleep and movement trackers. These journals are also both aesthetically beautiful which further motivates me to write in them.”
Photo Source: kikki.K
2. Book It:
We get it. Schedules are crazy. But just like your work meetings are scheduled on your calendar so should your workout time. Whether you prefer to workout in the morning, afternoon or evening, put it on the calendar otherwise it won’t get done. Jericho says,
“Prioritizing my workout first thing in the morning means that I kick start my day in the best possible way! It not only sets a positive and productive tone for the rest of my day, but I feel happier, more accomplished, less stressed and have the endorphins to tackle whatever the day has in store.”
3. Make the Process Fun:
If the monotony of your morning dreadmill run, (oops we mean treadmill!) is starting to ware on you, it’s time to mix it up and try something new. Experiment with a new group fitness class. Or mix socializing with fitness by catching up with a friend over a hike or walk.
“Working out should not be boring,” says Jericho. “It should be invigorating, inspiring and enjoyable. Whether it be creating a fresh playlist or hitting a new class for inspiration, I mix up my workouts all of the time to ensure I keep it exciting. I especially love creating workouts from scratch which I’ll be sharing more of on my social media pages.”
4. Celebrate Big and Small Wins:
Didn’t miss a workout this week? Or set a new personal best? Permission granted to give yourself a pat on the back. Embrace smarter ways to celebrate your wins without impacting the progress you made in the gym, so yes, that means you don’t have to skip the wine! Jericho's motto is simple,
“It’s all about balance. I don’t count calories or stick to a strict diet or nutrition plan because I know how to fuel my body to feel my best and stay on my A game without feeling deprived or cutting out my favorites! It’s all about choices. If I’m out with friends enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail, I stick to clean alcohols and low sugar wine. FitVine Wine is one of my favorites because the taste is amazing without all the extra sugar and calories.”
About Jericho McMatthews:
Beachbody Super Trainer, Jericho McMatthews, holds multiple Personal Training certifications. Boasting over a decade of experience, she has traveled the world educating thousands of instructors and has presented at esteemed fitness industry conferences. Her passion for dance and martial arts set her apart from other trainers. For more inspiration, follow Jericho on social media.