Safe Workouts and Exercises for your New Year’s Resolution

Television viewers will see a sharp contrast in advertisements from December into the beginning of January. While December glorified scrumptious, rich treats, January ushered in the “Time to lose that holiday flab” message loud and clear.

Most individuals start out strong with the best intentions, but their drive fizzles fast. What causes this lack of motivation? The biggest reason for failing to keep your New Year’s resolution is going in with expectations that are too high and exercise routines that are not attainable at a person’s current fitness level.

Safe Workouts and Exercises for your New Year's ResolutionWhat are some basic fundamentals when designing an exercise program for your New Year’s Resolution?

  • Begin conservatively and build up. Don’t go in with a full-blown program in place; this will only lead to injury and discouragement.
  • Set goals for consistent progress. Consistent progress helps accomplish a couple of things. First of all, it helps create a habit. Research has shown that it takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle change. Add a little more every day.
  • Keep a log. This is beneficial for a couple of reasons. First, it allows you to see your progress. Second, it helps you to see what you have already accomplished so you don’t continue the same exercises over and over again.

So what are the best beginner exercises to help you not only keep, but attain your New Year’s Resolution to exercise and get fit?

Steady-state indoor cardio

This involves using a treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical or other stationary exercise machine. This is not a big muscle builder or fat loss accelerator. It is cardio intended to get your heart pumping.

Outdoor cardio and interval training

Activities such as hiking, running, biking or swimming with short bursts of sprints helps build endurance and keeps your heart healthy. These are also good activities to do with friends and family.

Team sports

These are great if you like to mix social time and exercise. These activities are easier to stick with because there are set dates and team expectations.

Resistance training

This is ideal for muscle gain and fat loss. If you belong to a gym, there are most likely trainers that are more than happy to make beginner recommendations.

Regardless of where you choose to start, just pick a place and get moving. Create that habit and build that lifestyle. Make this year’s New Year’s Resolution to get fit a reality.

Contact Questcare Medical Clinic

If you have begun a New Year regimen that has already resulted in injury, call our medical experts at Questcare Medical Clinic. We have 12 medical clinics to serve the Dallas/Fort Worth area.