How To Reach Your New Year's Fitness Goals & Stay Motivated

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This blog will dive into how to build a realistic new year's fitness routine, how to stay motivated and if you should choose a scrunchie vs. hair tie. We also compiled some top tips to help you be motivated and stay consistent all year long.

January is the perfect time to begin any fitness journey. New Year, new goals! There is no better time than the present to set goals and watch yourself achieve them throughout a plan. But how to get started? Let’s dive into how to begin a fitness journey that is realistic and attainable for you. 

Get Started Building A Workout Plan

If you're looking to up your workout game in the New Year, you might be wondering where to start. Beginning a new workout plan is like starting anything new. You need to set realistic expectations and plan for yourself. 

  1. Set Realistic Goals

The first thing is first, time to establish your workout goals. Are you looking to lose weight, build muscle, lower blood pressure, train for a marathon? Once you decide on your primary goal, write it down. If you post a goal on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or bedside table, you are reminded of your new commitment every day. This is a great way to hold yourself accountable.

Be kind to yourself when setting goals. Changes take time, and beginning a fitness routine is always challenging. 

  1. Enjoy Your Workouts

We see so many people making the mistake of choosing a type of exercise that they despise because they think they have to. Exercise does not need to be painful. You can burn calories, lose weight, and build muscle doing things you enjoy. It might take some trial and error to find the right type of workout for you, but once you find a class you want to go to or a home workout that you look forward to, you're set up for success! 

  1. Commit To New Routine 

Often, if you're able to commit to a goal for at least a month, it will become a habit for you. This will make it way easier to continue on your journey for the rest of the year. Think of it like this is the first month of the rest of your life. This is also why it is essential not to make 180-degree adjustments that are not sustainable long term. If you're a beginner, consider these goals as an example:

  • Commit to 3-4 workouts per week
  • Six days of home-cooked meals per week
  • Drink 8 cups of water each day
  • Morning or bedtime stretches 

How To Keep Yourself Motivated & Disciplined 

Now that you’ve set some goals for yourself and come up with a workout plan, you need to stay motivated. Motivation is probably the most critical part of a workout plan and regiment. You can have the perfect diet plan and workout plan, but not staying motivated can spoil everything. Here are some top tips for how to keep yourself motivated to workout and eat healthily:

Take Progress Pictures

This might not seem that important, but you will be shocked just how well this works to keep you motivated. During a health journey and workout plan, slight changes will be occurring in your body every day. Since the changes are so small, you might not notice them and this could leave you feeling like nothing has changed at all. 

Take a 'before' photo at the beginning of your new fitness plan and begin comparing photos every 4-8 weeks after that. You will notice the changes and realize that all your hard work is indeed paying off!

Make Sure To Reward Yourself 

There are many different ways to reward yourself when starting a new fitness program or routine. While our society often celebrates with food, sweet treats, and alcohol there are so many ways to feel satisfied with a different reward system. Add 'reward days' to your calendar. Every time you hit a reward day, treat yourself! Here are some examples of fun rewards to treat yourself with:

  • Buy some new athletic gear or accessories 
  • A new candle
  • Movie night
  • Getting nails done
  • Spa day
  • Epsom salt bubble bath 
  • Share your fitness achievements online with your friends (blog or social media)

Find A Workout Buddy

It can be hard to hold ourselves accountable at times. We make excuses for ourselves and push things off to 'tomorrow.' If you begin a new fitness journey with a friend or family member, you will be able to motivate each other and encourage one another when things feel tough. 

Scrunchie vs Hair Tie

Finding the best scrunchies for working out can be challenging since most scrunchies will fall out of the hair and not secure it very well. This is why Strongband’s™ are the best scrunchies. They are adjustable, able to be tightened or loosened, depending on your preference. You will likely want your hair tied quite tight to avoid it falling loose when working out. But it is always nice to also have the option to loosen up a hair tie. This can help prevent headaches and any pulling on the skin.

Strongband™ adjustable scrunchies are also the best hair ties to prevent damage to hair. When comparing a scrunchie vs. hair tie, the hair tie is way more damaging to hair. This is because it is so tight and does not have a layer of fabric protecting the hair as scrunchies do.  

Strongband™ adjustable scrunchies are not just the best hair ties to prevent damage, but the most fun! Our Strongband's™ come in three different sizes and so many different colours. Every individual woman can customize their Strongband™ scrunchie to their specific needs and choose a colour they love. 

Shop Hairstrong's™ collection of Strongband's™ and find your new favourite workout accessory!