So you’ve made it your New Year’s resolution to get fit! Well done, you should be proud of yourself. It really is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health. A healthy body will take you through life and we all know that a healthy body is a fit body. Before we start, it is very important to choose the right workout for you, otherwise you will not reap all the benefits. My New Year’s resolution is to stay fit, but the year I made the resolution to get fit I found it quite hard to stick to it and there were some things that took me by surprise. I thought of writing this article to help people who want to get fit, to let them know what to expect from this popular New Year’s resolution.

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1. Choose the Right Workout for You

I’ve mentioned this before, but it is the most important thing you can do to ensure success. If, for example, you go with something that is not quite right for you, you’ll give up and not because you can’t do it, but because you don’t like it. And believe me, liking a workout regime is paramount. Try running if you like the outdoors and being alone with your thoughts. Go for Tae Bo if you have lots of energy and no way to use it. Try Pilates for effective results with little fuss. Or join a gym, if you having people around you keeps you motivated.

2. Your Body is Going to Hurt

Sorry to break it to you, but you are going to feel pain. Until your body gets used to all the movement (this usually takes between two weeks and a month), your muscles will ache and there will be times when you will need assistance to tie your shoes. When that moment comes, do not get discouraged, know that you are on the right path and that things are only going to get better. Listen to your body and don’t push it too much at the beginning. You want to get things done, we know, but you should learn what your limits are.

3. Take Rest Days

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Don’t rush into things! Take rest days and allow your muscles to recover because if you don’t you will not only risk injury, but you will also not get the best out of your workout. The biggest mistake beginners make is overtraining. Once you exhaust yourself, because that will happen if you do not take rest days, you risk falling off the workout wagon. Again, listen to your body, and/or to your trainer. Pushing yourself is good, but the secret is to know when to stop and rest.

4. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

When I started going to the gym as a New Year’s resolution I would always compare myself to others. If that guy can do 30 pushups, then I have to do that. I forced myself so much at one point that I fainted. Do you really want me to give you the everyone is different speech? If not, then keep it mind at all times.

5. Get Plenty of Sleep

Don’t think that sleep is for the weak. The body needs more sleep when you’re engaged in a workout routine than when you’re not. A great way to benefit from all the goodness that sleep has to offer but without spending too much time doing it is to take a power nap. It will take some time to get your body accustomed to it, but once it does, you’re gold! Taking 20 minute naps has been proved to work wonders on the human body.

6. Feed Your Body

We know that your purpose here is to get fit and probably lose some weight, but if you’re not going to feed your body then you can’t really expect it to have the energy to take you through the workout. Lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables are perfect for losing weight and also fueling your body. Eat small meals 5-6 times a day and your muscles will thank you for it!

7. Have Patience

You will not see results over night. You simply can’t and that is OK. The sooner you realize that, the better! It’s not a race, you’re not doing it to win something, you’re doing it so that in the long run, your body will stay healthy. Treat your body well and it will be kind to you when you are older.

I truly hope there are some things in here that will help people. If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit I have one more word for you: laundry! Yes, prepare for a bigger and smellier pile of laundry! Good luck!