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2018 Resolutions: 7 Smart Ways to Commit to Exercise in the New Year

exercise in the new year

Swearing to rev up your exercise routine is about as clichéd as it gets when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Still, it’s a totally valid one that many of us keep on making year after year. Especially after the insane pace and non-stop eating and drinking the holiday season entails, when workouts tend to take a backseat to frenzied shopping trips and egg nog-saturated cookie swaps.

But here’s the thing: Come January 1, if you just say you’re going to “commit” to the same routine you’ve been blowing off for months, it’s probably not going to work. Instead, this year, try one of these simple hacks to seriously kick your (squat-sculpted) butt into gear.

exercise in the new year1. Shake up your routine

First of all, ruts are totally real and easy to fall in. Try doing something totally new that intrigues you but is a little bit outside of your comfort zone. Maybe that cardio dance class you keep hearing about but are afraid you don’t have the rhythm for? Or the boot camp that looks totally bad-ass but is a little intimidating? Jumping into something new could be just what you need to get excited to get moving again.

2. Find a workout buddy or crew

Lots of research studies like this one show the power of a workout partner. Having someone else to hold you accountable to show up for a sweat session really works. Join a run club or make a plan with a friend where you choose a few days a week to have workout dates.

3. Sign up for a challenge

Lots of boutique fitness studios and gyms host January challenges, like 30 days of yoga every day or competitions that pit you against other teams to see who can log the most exercise time. Even if the pace is unsustainable for the whole year, participating often gets you back into the swing of sweating on a regular basis.

4. Subscribe to an online fitness platform

If, in 2017, you were having trouble fitting workouts into your busy schedule and transportation time was a big part of the issue, try signing up for an online platform. If you really want to go all in and indoor cycling is your jam, you could even splurge on a Peloton bike for at-home spin sessions.

5. Hire a trainer

 If you’re someone who goes to the gym for a week or so and then feels bored by aimless treadmill sessions, hiring a trainer might be a good idea. Even if it’s just for a couple of weeks, her or she can introduce you to new machines, weights, and routines that will empower you to create better on-your-own sessions down the road.

6.Give your workout a tech upgrade

 Wearables don’t work for everyone, but if data motivates you in other areas of your life, start collecting it during your workouts. Try one of these affordable trackers or a new agey wearable with higher powers.

7. Invest in your health

 If you don’t have extra dough to spend on exercise, don’t worry. The truth is, it’s more than possible to get in a good workout without spending a dime. But if you do have a little bit of disposable income (say, happy hour money?), it might help to spend a little bit more than you normally would on a gym membership or some awesome boutique classes. Think about it: if you buy the $10/month gym membership, never showing up isn’t going to phase you. But if you’ve put a chunk of your hard-earned cash into getting in shape, you’re going to feel obligated to at least give it a shot. Money is motivating, really, and if you’re going to invest in anything, your health is a pretty good choice.

Are there other tricks that have helped you stick to New Year’s exercise resolutions? Share your tips in the comments below!

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