STICK TO IT 3 STRATEGIES FOR ADHERING TO A FITNESS PLAN
HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER If no one’s expecting you at the gym or the park for a run, it’s really easy to not show up. However, if you have a partner or a group of people to endure the workout with, this makes it harder not to go. If you can’t find anyone to join you in your fitness routine, try keeping an accountability journal to make sure your goals and progress exist somewhere other than inside your head. MAKE YOUR WORKOUT FUN Weight rooms are far from the only places to get in better shape, which is good news for people who don’t like the gym. There are plenty of intramural teams for basketball, soccer, and football, and many solo activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, and trail running that you can partake in not only stay fit but to have fun. Explore what activities you enjoy, and use them to attain your fitness goals!
We’ve all been there. The excitement of getting a new gym membership or signing up for a road race in town makes you think you’re finally going to develop those elusive, healthy, workout habits. You can already see a healthier, fitter, happier you — and then a few weeks later, you’re back on the couch watching Netflix and wondering where you went wrong. Fitness routines are hard to keep, but there are ways to make it easier on yourself. If you’re looking to start working out (again) and you want to stick with it, check out these tips. SET SMALL, REACHABLE GOALS While achieving the body of a Greek god or goddess may seem like an admirable goal, it’s not one that’s going to happen within the first month. If the only goals you have include chiseled abs or the perfect hourglass figure, you’ll be disappointed every day that goal isn’t met. But, if you set smaller goals you can meet quickly, it will keep you motivated to strive toward the bigger ones.
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by Food Network
1 package melting chocolate
• Assorted dried fruit, including apricots and mangoes
1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. 2. Place a large, heatproof mixing bowl on top of saucepan so that no steam can escape. Place melting chocolate in mixing bowl and double boil until melted. 3. Dip half of each piece of fruit in chocolate before transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet to rest. 4. Let cool for 10 minutes until chocolate solidifies. 5. Place in school lunches, serve at parties, and indulge in a few for yourself.
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