As long as mankind has kept track of time, we have made New Year’s resolutions. The Babylonians and Romans used to make vows to their gods for the New Year. The Jewish calendar starts with Yom Kippur, where the Jews make atonement for their sins.
For many of us, those resolutions have to do with our fitness. We resolve to eat better, or start working out.
But a few weeks into the year, most of those diets have been broken. Most of those gym memberships have been used twice. Our New Year’s resolutions are tossed aside like a Fitbit that’s not charging.
Many of us have even given up on New Year’s resolutions entirely.
But you might want to rethink that. These days, it’s easier than ever stay on track with your fitness goals for the New Year.
Apps like My Fitness Pal and Apple Health make it easy to track calories and workouts. Wearable tech like Smart Watches and Fitbits sync to your smartphone to count steps and monitor workouts.
If you need some accountability (and we all need accountability), you can share your progress to social media. You can also join some Facebook groups or Reddit communities to find support when you’re feeling weak. These communities are great places for people to share fitness strategies that aren’t quite as demanding as the conventional “just...go to the gym three times a week” strategies many of us try.
If you’d rather stay home, many streaming services have workout videos in their libraries. You can do yoga or aerobics or jazzercise from the comfort of your own home—all while your wearables track your activity.
Between keeping better track of your caloric input/output, social accountability, and access to better workout routines, it’s never been easier to stick to your goals.
So stop making excuses. Use these tools to build the routines you need to become the you you’ve always wanted.