It is the New Year, which means that it is time for the most common resolution: getting back in the gym. At the start of each year, your local gym is swamped with new members who want to lose weight and improve their health. However, by the end of the middle of the year, this number typically dwindles considerably. Why? It comes down to motivation and having a routine. Although almost everyone understands the health benefits of regular exercise, not everyone can maintain the right level of motivation or create a routine that works for them. Let’s explore the power of creating a routine and the true value of why you should start exercising regularly this year.
Creating a Regular Routine
This is the biggest impediment to gym success. Too often, new gym members come without a routine or without a workout partner. They get overwhelmed by all of the different machines and even intimidated by all the other people who seem to know what they are doing. Don’t let this be you! Before you come to the gym, develop a workout routine that you want to follow. Maybe you decide you’ll workout four to five times a week for half an hour. And you’ll alternate doing weights and cardio. That’s a start! Now figure out which muscle groups you want to focus on and which exercises will help you get results. Choose the number of reps and sets, and now you have a routine!
Getting a Workout Partner
Even with a routine, working out regularly can be tough. You might not feel intimidated anymore, but you might not feel motivated. Research has shown that having a workout partner can keep you motivated and accountable. This partner attends workout sessions with you and helps you to stay energized throughout. Workout partners are like sports teammates, they support each other and help each other to have success. After all, you both have the same goal—staying healthy and being fit.
Armed with a routine and the right motivation, you can improve your health and extend your life. Being healthy also means having more energy throughout the day. What would you do if you had extra energy instead of feeling drained all the time? Would you play sports with your kids? Volunteer to help the less fortunate? Put more effort in at work? Start a new hobby? The possibilities are endless. Exercise has been scientifically proven to boost happiness as well. Those increased serotine levels may help you get out of a rut or help you start feeling better about yourself. That is why one of the most recommended treatments for mild depression is exercise. So what are you waiting for? Time to get back in the gym this year.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.
* Regular Workout image credit goes to: Meghan Holmes.