If you’re losing your momentum to stick to your New Year’s resolution to get fit in 2017, you’re not the only one. Research shows that only nine percent of people feel as though they were successful in their reaching goal in 2016, with 42 percent of people reporting that they fail in achieving their resolution year after year.
Setting realistic goals, including not being overly ambitious and expecting gradual changes rather than a major transformation, is a step in the right direction in breaking that pattern.
For added support, we asked top-notch fitness expert Morgan Bocca, an instructor at RYDE spin studio, for guidance. Read on for Bocca's top six tips for making your fitness routine stick.
Drop the excuses
Bocca says that one of the best ways to stick to your resolution is to make your workout part of your regular routine. "Instead of just thinking about going to spin class next week, and when to fit it in, put it on your calendar. That way, it becomes part of who you are."
Mornings are hectic enough as you scramble to get out of the house. Bocca recommends lessening the madness by taking five minutes the night before to plan for your next-day workout. "Set your workout clothes out and have them ready. If you're going for a run the next morning, put your tennis shoes next to your bed."
As for packing your gym bag? Bocca keeps hers filled with a list of must-have staples: face wipes, protein bars (“I like Quest Bars,” Bocca notes), a refillable water bottle, headphones, and an extra pair of workout clothes so that you always have an outfit to throw on.
“If you have it, you will drink it,” Bocca says about the importance of staying hydrated. “Convenience is key. I recommend using a refillable water bottle because you’re more likely to keep it with you at all times.” To jazz things up, she adds flavor to her water. "Try infusing it with cucumber, lemon, or mint so that you enjoy it more.”
Do what you like
Spin, yoga, running, Pilates… Bocca suggests trying several different workouts before you commit. “There are so many different options of ways to stay active. One will fit you better than the rest. Once you find it, you’ll want to go back and it will become a positive part of your day."
It’s no secret that when you eat well, you feel better. To help you get there, Bocca encourages her clients to go grocery shopping directly after a workout. “Knowing that you just finished doing something good for your body will help steer you away from the tempting items.”
Get by with a little help from your friends
Hit the gym or studio with your friends, or make new ones at class, and keep each other on your workout toes. “Having someone to keep you accountable is huge! When you don’t want to wake up on Saturday morning, and your friend calls or shows up at your door, you’re going to go.”
Catch a RYDE with Morgan by visiting her at RYDE. First-timers can head online to the company's website and enter the code “RYDEWITHCULTUREMAP” for a free class.