If Your New Year’s Resolution Is to Exercise More, Here’s How to Actually Do It

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It’s easy to make a resolution that we’re going to change something that we don’t like about ourselves when January starts. Most of the time, however, we give up faster than we started, and here’s how to change that.

Set Achievable Goals

If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, wishing it is not enough. You need to formulate your wish into a goal, then break it down into smaller, achievable goals. For example, it’s easier to give up when you just vaguely tell yourself that you should be in the gym than when you set a smaller goal of getting out of your house and going to the gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 p.m. 

Block Time

If your schedule allows it, it’s good to exercise at the same time for the purpose of making a habit. Whether that’s possible or not, it’s important to block the training time in your calendar and give yourself enough time to go to the gym, do the workout, and come back without having to stress about other things you should be doing.

Find Support

Everything is easier when you have someone to support you, so find someone who will work together with you and won’t let you give up.