You are not alone if your New Year’s resolutions got off to a strong start, but before you know it veered off course due to hectic days and busy lives. For others, perhaps our goals for 2019 never quite came into focus. Our best intentions to eat healthier, exercise, get more sleep, or meditate can get away from us as we move deeper into the New Year. So, if you have skipped a workout and instead found your hand at the bottom of a chip bag while binge watching Netflix, don’t worry. The good news is that there’s still time! Let’s focus on how to get back on track with our New Year’s resolutions.

Learn From Past Mistakes

First, take a step back to evaluate how and why you began to drift away from your goals and honestly assess whether or not you were making decisions with your end goal in mind. For those of you who may have let temptation rule, that’s okay. In evaluating where we may have gone off track, we can more easily stay on track moving forward. Learn from your mistakes and remember that all is not lost. Continue to break down your end goal into small, achievable, and measureable markers along the way to make it easier to both evaluate your progress and stay on track.

Partner With a Friend

Having a workout partner is a greatway to motivate yourself. Not only can a workout partner help keep you accountable, but having one (or multiple) can also help push you to work harder. You’ll be less likely to hit the snooze button when your workout partner is counting on you to join them at the gym or for a morning jog. Michigan State University research states having a workout partner can cut dropout rates almost in half!

Take a Break

Feeling burnt out with your same routine? Sometimes the best way to move forward is by taking a break. While it may seem counterintuitive, breaks can often stimulate an increase in focus and efficiency. It can also motivate you to continue working toward your goals. So, take a break from the old and spice things up with something new. Keep your break brief as to not fall out of your routine entirely.

Work With a Personal Trainer

If you have felt lost while working out, or find yourself loosing motivation, a personal trainer may be the perfect remedy. Exercising can be intimidating for those who are just getting started, and with all of the different machine options you may not even know where to begin. Personal trainers take the guess work out of getting started, and can help put together a plan to accomplish your goals. Be sure you are avoiding the risk of injury that goes along with exercising incorrectly, and don’t waste time doing the wrong exercises all together. Allow a personal trainer to help you move closer to your goals.

Written by Cameron Miller, a certified personal trainer at the Greater Burlington YMCA. Cameron enjoys helping clients gain independence in their workout routines and values the Y as a place where people establish healthy habits to last a lifetime.

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