Bowflex Fitness Advisor Tom Holland offers a few tips on how to get your 2014 headed in the right direction. Many of us, quite literally, hit the ground running at the turn of a new year, but unfortunately burn out in just a few months. As a matter of fact, CouponCabin.com reports that 80% of those who join a gym quit within the first five months. To make matters worse, according to Statisticbrain.com, 67% of people with gym memberships never use them at all!
These numbers shouldn’t discourage us. They should inspire us to stick to our New Year’s resolution once and for all!
Check out these four great tips from Tom that will help you stick to your fitness goals!
1. Success in fitness is contingent upon setting concrete goals with dates for achieving them. So, in order to stick to your New Year’s resolution, set a specific goal this year, such as training for a triathlon! Having a fitness event several months away on your calendar will give your workouts a purpose and keep you motivated.
2. Many folks who join the gym for their New Year’s resolution, end up quitting because they don’t see the results they were hoping for. But what they don’t know is that they could be making common gym mistakes:
Doing the same routine instead of modifying workouts to keep muscles stimulated.
Lifting weights that are too heavy, which minimizes the muscular time-under-tension or the quality of the movement.
Performing cardio at too low of intensity versus high-intensity interval training.
Spending too much time doing abdominal exercises instead of lifting weights, which will raise your metabolism and help you burn calories 24 hours a day.
3. By committing to just 25 minutes of High-Intensity Interval Training, you will burn maximum calories in the shortest amount of time.
4. To achieve your fitness goals once and for all in 2014, the key is to believe in yourself. You must recover quickly from setbacks, and develop a deep interest and strong sense of commitment to your fitness activities.
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