New Years Resolutions can be great motivators, but unfortunately, they can also be short-lived without the right kind of approach.
Wanting change needs to inspire making change, and as the work year returns and life after holidays begins to resume, old and not-so-healthy habits can easily creep back in.
Health-related resolutions are popular, with promises to get moving among the top of many New Year lists.
Here are our top tips for making your resolution to get moving stick in 2019:
1. Really understand the real reason you want to make a change to get moving more
When you can get to the root cause of why you want to make a change to your exercise habits, you’ll be more motivated to see your resolution through. These are deep-seated reasons to change, and your brain will respond with the right motivating responses to help you get up and go.
2. Pick a goal
Make it challenging, yet achievable. Going from short strolls a few times a week to a full marathon in a number of months can put undue stress on your body, creating injuries and issues that may see you giving up on your resolution before it really starts.
3. Do your research by speaking to a movement expert
When you set a goal, talk it through with a movement and training expert. They can set a training program designed to build strength and stamina in your body, while decreasing your risk of injury.
It’s important to know that endurance and cardio goals require more than kilometres on the track or treadmill. Strength sessions are absolutely vital for preparing your muscles for challenges and races, and to build the stability your body needs to get through.
Undertaking barefoot exercises on a textured Naboso Training Mat or Naboso Pro Mat promotes fast strength-building in a completely natural way. These mats switch on your muscles and central nervous system, propelling them into action for better movement, increased stability and strength.
4. Refine your goal
With the expert advice you’ve now received, adapt your goal to achieve what you set out to – in the most effective, injury-resistant way. This way, you’ll be more likely to be able to put in what’s required over the longer term to achieve your goal.
Injuries don’t necessarily mean instant disposal of your goals, but they do create setbacks and require the shifting of new habits that may not be fully ingrained and are therefore easier to give up on.
5. Have a support system in place
Share your goals with close friends and family and ask them to help keep you accountable. Support systems are great motivators and can make a huge difference when it comes to seeing resolutions through.
Want to find out more about the science behind New Years Resolutions? Read more in Psychology Today: The Science of Creating New Year’s Resolutions That Work