Tomorrow is the New Year, and you are ready to turn over a new leaf. Make a resolution that will work for you and your health. Before setting your fitness goals, take a little time to reflect. Ask yourself:
Did you make a fitness resolution last year? What was it?
Were you able to stay true to it? Why or why not?
What will help you stay committed to your new resolution?
Now that you've taken stock of where you've been, think about where you want to go. Make a smart plan for 2008:
Write down all your reasons to exercise. Don't just think about them. Actually put the words down somewhere, so you can refer to them from time to time.
Incorporate a workout schedule into your calendar so that it will be treated as a priority.
Find one or two (or more!) physical activities that you enjoy. You don't have to do something you don't like simply because it is a traditional or popular form of exercise. Be creative! Register for a dance class, take up boot camp, or join a softball team. For more ideas, see " Get Moving".
Be realistic and reasonable with yourself. Take smalls steps and plan on increasing your fitness activities over time. Set milestones and work towards them.
Ask someone to join you. Support each other and let the company make it more fun.
Know that there will be challenging days. If life gets in the way of your resolutions, don't give up altogether. Do a small workout, which is better than nothing at all.