Feeling excited for a brand new year full of possibilities? Ready to take action and execute a new fitness routine? Thought so! But there is just one catch. As most people add “workout more” to the list of New Year’s resolutions, there are actually beyond more than half of the people that quit after a few weeks, and people that postpone it long enough to not even start. So, we’ve created a motivational list so you can stand out from the lazier crowd and welcome summer 2017 with a toned tummy, stronger back, healthier lifestyle or whatever your aim is when it comes to achieving your dream body!
Exercise at Home
The gym is usually over crowded the first two months of the year and a membership can also be quite expensive. By working out at home you’ll be more focused and also save money (which probably is another thing on your list of resolutions). All you need is a yoga mat, kettlebells, dumbbells and a reliable workout friend: YouTube, App Store or Pinterest, which are filled with workout inspiration and simple, yet effective workout routines! Find good quality cardio, strength and fitness equipment at Bodybuilding.com.
Work Out Gear
Nothing beats fresh, new workout gear and the selection is huge! There is literally something for everyone, whether you like street-smart colours and patterns, high quality sportswear or high-tech materials that improves your result. Electricyoga.com features classified hip clothing with bright colours and graphic prints, Nuxactive.com is favoured by magazines and celebrities with their top-notch collection that provides compression and support, and you will find the best compression tights at 2Xu.com for help with recovery and stabilization.
Trendy Fitness Classes
Make 2017 the year of action by creating your own workout routine based on what you are passionate about! There is a class for everything and some of the fitness trends for 2017 include virtual boxing at theboxxmethod.com, hot pod stretching at hotpodyoga.com, Boom Cycle at boomcycle.co.uk, a combination of yoga, boxing and pilates at studioone.co, and hard core parkour for the extremists. Other more classic options include dance classes, military fitness, swimming, kick boxing, spinning, soul cycling and more.
Take Notes & Make a Playlist
Keep a workout journal with you during your session and take notes of your progress and goals. This will help you see your results clearly and therefore keep you motivated. You can plan your workout and diet plan for the week in the Motivational Health and Fitness Journal. Also, create your own mixed workout playlist with a selection of tracks suitable for heavy weight lifting, cardio or relaxing yoga.
Keep in Mind
- Allow yourself a cheat day.
Maintaining a healthy, nurturing diet and drinking lots of water is essential to get results even quicker. But it’s also important to treat yourself. Make a diet plan and include a cheat day once a week.
- Be patient.
Don’t expect an overnight change. Or days, or even a week. Getting fit takes time and it’s important to remember this and don’t give up just because you don’t see any progress yet. And don’t overwork yourself. Don’t do hard core workouts every day, thinking you’ll achieve your goal even quicker. Your muscles are actually building when they are resting.
- Think of all the benefits
There is not one bad thing that comes with having a healthy body and mind. But the benefits are endless: giving you better confidence, strength and a good posture, making you mentally alert and happier, increases your amount of energy and lifts your mood, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts creative thinking and productivity, and you will look and feel better.
What are you waiting for? Go chase that dream body and make 2017 your year!
Edited by DILIARA ZAINASHOVA
Visual editor JALAL MOUGHRABY