New Year’s Resolution fail – 4 ways to start exercising. For real.

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Alright, it’s official now. March is here and the New Year’s Resolutions period is finally over.  And if you are like me, you still have your two-pages-long resolutions list, but you have done nothing to keep any of them. As the period of resolutions is gone and there is no pressure anymore to quickly revolutionize your life, we may all look at our lists again, this time in a more realistic manner, and get things finally done. As losing some pounds is on my list every single year, and I bet it’s on the lists of myriads of people, I’ve decided to make a list of 4 steps to make an exercising habit and lose these pounds that bother us so much.

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1.       Find out what went wrong. Everybody, including myself, has their ups and downs with the exercising habit, so if you’re starting and giving up again and again, don’t be too hard on yourself. Look at your failures and find out what went wrong each time. Try to draw conclusions and eliminate the problem at the very beginning so that you don’t have to struggle with it later and it won’t ruin your plan.

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2.     Set a realistic and manageable goal. Even if you are very ambitious and start your exercising program with a lot of enthusiasm, it’s almost impossible to sustain a goal for a long time if it’s not clearly defined or adjusted to your skills. If it’s too ambitious, you can run out of energy and it you will get demotivated early on. Make your goal easy and obtainable, and intensify it with time.

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3.       Measure your achievements. Seeing results is an important factor that stimulates us and prompts us to giving it our all. The problem is it’s impossible to see results one day after another, so it’s crucial to keep measuring your achievements. Write down how many inches or pounds you’ve lost or take pictures of your silhouette every week so that you can see how much you’ve improved even if there is no difference between what you can see in the mirror today and what you could see yesterday.

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4.       Motivate yourself. After the first enthusiasm for exercising is gone, many people lose their faith and give up their plan. That’s why it’s crucial to add motivation in order to keep going. Think of a reward for yourself. Maybe buying something you’ve wanted to buy for a long time or visiting a place you’ve always wanted to see. Look for a bit of inspiration – read articles or watch videos. It will awake your spirit which is still inside you.

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Spring is coming and it’s a great time to finally take care of ourselves, start exercising for real and make ourselves ready for the summer. This year I’m very determined and I hope that the 4 steps will help not only me, but also you all, to make an exercising routine and change bad habits. Don’t let anything discourage you and keep going – trust me, it’s worth it.

Marzena P.

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