"I'm going to open a gym called Resolutions. Its a gym for the first 3 weeks and then it turns into a bar for the rest of the year."
Don't fall into the norm. You CAN stick to your fitness goals year round! We have a few tips that will help!
Write your goals down! Be specific. "I want to loose 10lbs over the next 6 weeks." or "I want to cook for myself 5 days a week"
Make realistic and attainable goals. This is key. If you haven't ran in years, setting a goal to run 5 miles a day 5 days a week would not be advisable. Set an attainable goal and then you can set a new goal once you've achieved it. For example, set a goal to run 2 or 3 miles 3 days a week. After several weeks of this, set a new goal to run 3-4 miles a day 4 days a week. So on and so forth. You get the pictures.
Reward yourself for hitting goals. Preferably not with food...but with a spa day, a weekend trip, or a shopping spree for new Nikes. For example, If I loose 10 lbs in 6 weeks I will treat myself to a mani-pedi.
Find yourself a workout buddy. They will also be your accountability partner. If you and "Sam" have a gym date or you signed up for the same class you will be much less likely to bail. You could also create a pot where you and your friend are required to donate X amount of money ever time you cancel. At the end of every month you can donate your cancellation money to a charity.
Schedule your workout into your day and treat it like an important work meeting. Having a pre-planned chunk of time carved out of your day for fitness will have a much better success rate than just winging it.
Make it fun! If your ultimate goal is to burn calories then it doesn't need to be a formal workout. You can take classes, go dancing, hike, swim, the options are endless. If you absolutely hate running then don't! You will be more likely to reach your fitness goals if you actually enjoy the process!
The last thing to keep in mind is to take it easy on yourself. Slip ups happen. We all stumble. This never means throw in the towel! Always pick yourself up, brush off the dust, and get back at it! Even if you digress at times, its easier to catch up then to start over!