January ushers in new year’s resolutions and goals. People often start out the new year with an intention to lose weight but find that their enthusiasm for the goal doesn’t last. For some people, the idea of not following through on their goals is enough to keep them from ever trying in the first place. We’ve compiled a list of ideas to keep you on track and motivated to reach your weight loss goals this year.
Be more mindful of every day, small activities.
Walk the dog – Consider lengthening your usual route when you walk your dog. If you pick up the pace and walk for a little longer than you might normally, you’ll get to add in a simple workout to your everyday routine.
Count your steps – Many smartphones have a built-in feature that allows you to keep track of how many steps you’ve taken that day. You can also buy devices specifically for that purpose. Try aiming for a certain number of steps in your day and increase your goal every now and then.
Alternate indoor and outdoor workouts – It’s good to have workouts for both indoors and outdoors so that you are able to get your workout in no matter what the weather is like. Alternating between the two is also a good way to keep yourself from getting bored with your workouts.
Have someone/something to keep you accountable – Choose an active and reliable friend, family member, or workout partner to check in on your progress and motivate you to keep going even when you don’t feel like it. You can also consider rewarding yourself for your progress with something that you know will keep you motivated.
Cardio is key.
The best way to lose weight with exercise is to do lots of cardio work. You burn more calories when your heart rate is up. Try running, jumping rope, or biking for a long distance.
Build some muscle.
You may initially think that building muscle is counterproductive to losing weight, but your body actually burns more calories if you’ve built more muscle.
Fuel yourself well.
Post-workout snack – It is important to give your body carbs and protein after you work out in order to strengthen your tired muscles. Try some of these foods: