January 1st has come and gone and those resolutions to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle may be a bit harder to hold onto. Let’s face it; after a long, hard day at work, your inviting couch holds more appeal than the cardio room at your gym. Please, the internal battle of treadmill versus 30 Rock can be tiring in and of itself. It’s up to you to decide which wins out, but we’re here to give you a little helping hand.
Bring a Buddy
One way to hold yourself accountable for showing up to the gym is to partner up. You’ll be more likely to make it to that nightly aerobics class if you have a friend meeting you there. Find a friend or a group of friends that have the same positive attitude for a healthy change and you’ll get double the reward. If you don’t have a close friend to work out with, try exchanging e-mails or phone numbers with another gym groupie you’ve become acquainted with. A friendly text (“Get your butt to class this morning! =)”) from your fellow gym-goer will both remind you about boxing class tonight and get you extra motivated. The buddy system will not only get you to the gym more regularly, but it will also help you get the most out of your workout as you push each other forward.
Set a Schedule and Stick to It
Just as your career may demand your time on a regimented agenda, so does your body! Creating patterns for yourself actually helps you stick to them. Pick out a few classes you want to incorporate into your schedule. Try sampling some new classes to mix in with your old favorites. When creating a schedule, keep your established patterns in mind. If you like to kick off the week with a workout, pick a class on Monday; if you know you can’t miss Lost, give yourself Tuesday off. Knowing yourself allows you to create reachable goals. Many gyms are also now offering group training packages to cut down the costs of one-on-one personal training sessions. Even if your gym doesn’t offer group training, ask! Training sessions are a great way to make your workout an important date on your calendar and there’s a great chance a knowledgeable, creative trainer would be willing to work with you and a few others on a more personal level (with financial considerations in mind).
After the feeling of obligation subsides, you’ll find yourself feeling great and looking forward to these important “meetings.” After all, you owe it to yourself to devote a full 60 minutes of your 24-hour day to yourself. Physical activity is a great way to spend quality time with yourself while releasing of the day’s stresses and boosting your mood.