February is upon us and it’s a good time to check on those New Year’s Resolutions.
It’s exciting to start the year with a blank slate and new goals. We typically dive head first into our quest for self-improvement. But, that excitement can waver quickly. It happens. But, just because January didn’t go as planned, you don’t have to sabotage your health or your goals!
Each day presents itself with a new opportunity. Here are a few tips for sticking to your new year’s resolution with home workouts.
1. Stick to a Routine
Make working out a habit. Good ones are just as hard to break as bad ones, so commit to at least 2 weeks of regular workouts and reevaluate from there. I bet you won’t regret a single workout!
2. Plan Ahead
Plan your workouts ahead of time, so you don’t leave anything to chance. Get up extra early to workout, so there are no excuses or unplanned events that might get in the way of evening workouts. If you know you are traveling or have a packed day, rev up your workouts prior to that, so you can use it as a rest day.
3. Use Body Weight Exercises
Many things can get in the way of you and your workout. But, not having access to a gym should not be one of them. You can still complete a legit workout using just your body weight.
Here are a few of my favorite no equipment workouts:
4. Indulge Wisely
Treats are always lurking around the corner in hopes of derailing us. Go ahead and indulge in a few of your favorites, but only one serving. And, remember, you can always cheat clean with Quest bars!
5. Keep Goals in Mind
Measure and evaluate your performance during this time of year to hold yourself accountable. Try on your jeans. Use the scale on occasion. But, keep non-scale goals in mind as well.
One of my goals is to do 10 strict pull-ups, unbroken. That means I can’t cheat on my workouts even if it’s more tempting to stay up late, watch TV, and eat a cookie (or five). Ask yourself if what is most important to you at the end of the day? Then, make sure your actions match your goals!
Jess Allen is a first-time mom, NSCA-CSCS trainer and author of Blonde Ponytail, where dynamic workouts and healthy recipes are shared along with life in between the workouts. Jess resides in Champaign, IL where her husband coaches baseball at the University of Illinois. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For workouts, visit her YouTube channel.