- January 1st brings the promise of a new year and a new you. The first week of January gyms are packed with people, weight-loss ads flood the media, and desserts are avoided like the plague. But when the calendar flips to February, old habits can start to creep in and before you know it you are off track.
How can you keep the excitement of your weight-loss journey alive for longer than a month? Here are 4 goal-sustaining suggestions:
1. Start smaller
Sometimes you can get so excited to start losing weight that you actually trip the starting line.
If you haven’t exercised in 2 years, don’t start with a plan to hit the gym for 3 hours a day. You will put too much pressure on yourself, and you might give up your new exercise routine completely.
Try easing into your exercise routine with a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood. When you find that becomes too easy, increase your time or add an additional activity like pushups. Soon you may find yourself running a 5k or doing 20 pullups, all because you worked up to it.