Remember those New Year’s resolutions your promised you would keep this year? You know — that time you said to go to the gym regularly, eat less dessert, or perhaps drink a few less beers on the weekend. Predictably, the lines at the gym have become increasingly shorter as 2013 has turned nearly six weeks old, a sure sign that students are slowly waving the white flag to their New Year’s resolutions.
One month ago, Onward State posted five ways to help maintain your resolutions while at school, and while these tips are certainly still helpful and relevant, here are a few more to revive your almost forgotten New Year’s resolutions.
6. Write it Down
Keeping track of your workouts is a really helpful way to not only maintain a steady and consistent workout record, but it’s also helpful when it comes to keeping track of what kind of workouts you are doing throughout the week. Forget what workout I did yesterday, I can’t even remember if I showered today or not. Keeping a daily record of what you’re doing at the gym will help fuel your workouts for tomorrow.
This journaling method is also really handy when it comes to keeping track of what you are eating throughout the day. Sometimes it’s really difficult to remember what you ate for a snack, and there’s something about writing down what you are eating and looking at that list that will make you want to skip that extra serving of dining hall lasagna, just for the sake of not having to write it down.
7. Smart Snacking
Just in case you missed it, Trader Joe’s opened in November, and now is the time to climb out from under the mountain of Hostess cupcake wrappers and Doritos crumbs and invest in snacks that won’t cause immense self-loathing. There are a number of grocery stores sprinkled throughout State College and an even wider variety of healthy snack options within. Not only do grocery stores like Wegman’s and Trader Joe’s have natural, healthy snacks, but they are also pretty student-budget friendly. Trading in Twinkies for trail-mix is not only a healthier choice, but snacks with higher protein offer more energy and will keep you satisfied longer.
8. Fitness Classes
The White Building offers a variety of group fitness classes for membership holders. While many people think group workouts aren’t their thing (guilty), finding a group fitness class that you enjoy is definitely worth it. It may include some experimenting and trial and error until you find your workout niche, but having someone to motivate and guide your workout at least once a week is really easy. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone else plan a workout. All you need to do is show up.
Check out the official White Building Fitness Class Schedule
9. Give Yourself a Break
Working out everyday isn’t an easy feat, and it’s actually not the best thing for your body. Taking a day off once a week or so is essential to letting your body rest and recover from your strenuous workout routine. As long as your day off doesn’t turn into a week off, or a month off, a break in your schedule will allow you to work even harder once you’re well-rested. Also, it’s okay to eat dessert or unhealthy snacks, as long as you don’t overdo it as to offset your hard work. You deserve it.
10. Motivate Yourself
Let’s face it, it’s hard to keep up with health resolutions amid classes, homework, committee meetings, and a kick ass social schedule. Going to the gym or maintaing a balanced diet can sometimes be the last thing on your mind, but finding little ways to motivate yourself will be the most beneficial thing you can do in order to really keep your resolution thriving all year long.
Whether it’s buying a hot new dress, or flashy new running kicks, or even updating your iPod for the gym, find whatever it is that will make you want to maintaining these resolutions. Making it fun is key to keeping up with your fitness goals for 2013.
New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t have you feeling stressed or guilty for not seeing them all the way through. Year long goals are great to have, but make sure your goals are simple enough to maintain. Maybe you’re trying to lose a few pounds for spring break, tighten/tone up a little, or perhaps you just want to start eating better. Regardless, there is a reason your goals are yours, so keep motivating yourself. It’s only February — don’t give up yet!