This probably the 500th “How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution” post you’ve probably seen in the past week or so, so what makes this post different than the others? We’ve written a standard New Year’s Resolution blog post last year so we have decided to switch it up for 2016.
- Use technology
Sometimes technology gets a bad rap, but for fitness it is a pretty great thing. There are so many apps that do so many different fitness related things so there’s surely something that will help you keep your resolution.
Daily Activity Apps:
There are apps that remind you to stand up every twenty minutes (Stand Up!, Twenty) which is great if you have an office job that requires you to sit nearly eight hours a day. If you’re just looking to make your overall life fitter, even outside of exercise, an app called Human allows you to pinpoint all the little activities you’re doing such as climbing stairs or taking casual strolls.
While not a daily activity app, we definitely have to mention Charity Miles as one of our favorite apps. You can earn money for your choice of charities for every mile that you run, with nothing out of your pocket. You’re getting fit while helping the world, not a bad incentive to get out there and run for a bit.
There is no shortage of apps out there that will help you during your workout. Those days of having to buy a workout video and doing the same routine time and time again are long gone. These apps right on your phone will help you get a quality workout in wherever you are and whenever you have time to spare.
The Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout app is free and helps you get in a high intensity workout in only seven minutes. While a full workout is recommended at least 5 times a week, sometimes you’re pressed for time but that doesn’t mean you should give up working out entirely. This app’s interface is clean and gets to the point. There are videos which help guide you on how to do each move.
If you’re more focused on strength training and body-building, JEFIT is the app you’re looking for. It is essentially a giant database of strength training moves conveniently organized by the body part you want to target.
Fitness Tracking Apps:
Whether you’re working out at home or at the gym, you should definitely invest in some fitness tracking applications. Most modern cardio machines have built in fitness tracking into the console and the latest Precor and Life Fitness models allow you to connect your phone in order to store the data and keep log if it. If you unfortunately cannot bring that data with you, there are a ton of great fitness tracking apps out there for free or for a very reasonable cost. A couple we like are the Fitbit app (even if you don’t have the devices, they’re still great for tracking) Cyclemeter (despite the name, it tracks more than just cycling statistics).
- Don’t get injured
This one seems pretty obvious, but we can’t emphasize enough how much an injury can derail your new workout routine. This is especially a major concern if you haven’t exercised in a while and are just beginning a new fitness program.
Increasing your flexibility will help you avoid injuries when beginning to work out. You can try a few yoga poses and look for exercises that will improve flexibility. Doing a light warm-up (a quick jog, some jumping jacks) and then stretching after your muscles are warm will reduce injuries. If you’re utilizing free weights and dumbbells for the first time, it is absolutely vital to research proper form for the exercise you’re doing. It may look vain, but check yourself out in the mirror to make sure that your posture and form are correct. It is also worth investing in a personal trainer for your first few outings for some guidance.
Also, just try to stay away from foreign activities and extreme sports that can hurt you. We know it looks fun, but maybe stay off the hoverboard right before you’re about to start a new workout routine.
- Track your progress
Many people become “addicted” to working out once they start seeing progress. Progress isn’t necessarily just numbers on a scale, since muscle weighs more than fat. One of the most popular and fun ways to track progress is to take periodic pictures. There’s a reason those diet programs love showing before and after photos. Just remember that progress doesn’t happen instantly and it may take a couple of months to really start noticing.
At the end of the day, you’re in control of what you do. While we hope our tips help out, just remember that we believe in you and you can do it. Never give up on those resolutions!