We all do it. It's the New Year, so that means time to finally exercise and eat right! And while most of it usually falls to the wayside by February, there are things you can do now to give yourself a fighting chance when the newness of the resolution finally wears off.
Don't hurt yourself.
Start slow and start easy. The longer you've gone without working out, the higher the hurt you're going to feel following your first day back. Instead of going balls to the wall, do light cardio or light weights. It's going to hurt tomorrow no matter what you do, but what you do will determine how much it hurts.
Don't starve yourself.
Start slow and start easy. The longer you've gone without eating healthy, the hungrier you're going to feel following your first day of clean eating. Instead of going balls to the wall, eat a little less each day and be honest about tracking your food. It's going to be challenging no matter what you do, but what you do will determine how challenging it is.
You are more likely to stick with your resolution if you get enjoyment out of it. It's that simple. Don't choose an exercise just because it's popular. Choose an exercise because it teaches you something you've always wanted to learn.
Take responsibility for yourself.
Do not EVER blame others for your inability to succeed. You are the captain of your life. Take responsibility for how you live it. And while there will always be things that happen outside of your control, success comes from learning how to adapt to your current circumstances so you can push forward and push upward.
Remember to rest.
Getting fit is equal parts working out, eating right and resting. That's right. Resting. Many people (myself included) fall into the trap of thinking that only working hard every single day will result in a great look. However, your body can only build this great look during your rest periods. Get enough sleep and take those rest days seriously.
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.