This article originally appeared on Stuff.co.nz on the 23 January, 2019.
It’s on the list for 2019: get fit. Gym memberships may skyrocket in January but sweating it out indoors when the sun is shining can mean giving up on that New Year’s resolution before you’ve even begun. So how do you stick to those best-laid plans to prioritise your health and fitness?
SET A GOAL
One of the best ways to stay on track is to have a specific and measurable goal to work towards. Write it down. It can be walking for 30 minutes or working your way from your couch to entering a fun run. The key to successfully sticking to a resolution is to make it achievable and realistic, which means small changes gradually.
FORGIVE YOURSELF IF YOU SLIP UP
You also need to be forgiving of yourself – if you slip up, it doesn’t mean you have to give up. And don’t forget to reward your hard work– when you hit a benchmark, treat yourself to something that will complement your new lifestyle choices, such as a massage or some new fitness gear.
TRAIN WITH FRIENDS
Training with friends is a good way to keep things fun and help with motivation. Its harder to postpone a walking or running date when you make it with others. Any kind of fitness class with friends is a great way to add an social element and a catch up through the week that doesn’t involve dinner or drinks.
TRAIN FOR A FUN EVENT
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is being held on March 3 this year and is a perfect opportunity to help you achieve your new-year fitness aspirations. And it’s easier than ever to prepare for it with the recently released eight-week training programmes – one for beginners, one for intermediate runners. Best of all, the programmes are free. The programmes give you all the tips and tricks needed to make sure you’re ready for the big day. Regardless of where you sit on the fitness scale, you’ll soon be achieving your goals – with the reward being a fabulous day out.at Auckland’s most popular fun run. And the iconic course is just over 8km so walking or running is totally achievable for beginners, families and kids.