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To avoid dropping out of the gym midway through your new years resolution, here’s a few tips to help you make the most of your time there.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but the truth is that consistency is essential. Stay true to your workout regimen and meal plans and you will see results. Patience is your best ally. Also, keep record of your visits to the gym; jot them down on a notepad or type them into your iCal. Give it the same importance as a business meeting.
Organize your time so that you set aside 2-3 days to hit the gym. Stay disciplined and consistent, and most importantly, don’t make excuses.
Be in good company
Organizing a group to carry out any type of physical exercise is gratifying and furthermore boosts motivation. Swap a couple of your coffee dates for a hiking trail — it’s an easy way to encourage each other and stay loyal to your fitness commitment.
If you’re working out by yourself, fight workout boredom with songs that keep you moving and grooving through your entire workout. If you have Spotify, check out the Ultimate Workout Playlist 2014.
Once the gym has been chosen and you’re sure of what your objectives are (like losing weight, gaining body mass or improving your physical condition) do your research and learn the most suitable routines for your specific needs. Tumblr and Instagram fitness pages are also a great source of education.
Mix things up
Don’t just concentrate on group activities, such as yoga and aerobics, combine these with physical exercises to strengthen your muscles. Variety is key.
Protein is important for post-workout muscle recovery. Find the one that is best for you and take it immediately after every physical exercise. Your ideal protein should contain as little fat, preservatives and impurities as possible.
Good luck and remember, your body can do anything, it’s your brain that needs convincing.
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