About 40% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, with vowing to go to the gym being among the more popular life changes. Unfortunately, a study by the University of Scranton concludes that only 8% of “resolutioners” are successful. If you’re one of the many who have vowed to go to the gym, here are three tips to keep you there.
The average person has a plethora of competing responsibilities, which can make an hour at the gym a cumbersome change. Experts encourage introducing smaller changes into your life in hopes that those small habits will grow into larger ones.
Instead of pledging an hour of each day to the gym, swing by the gym for 15 minutes on your way home from work.
Physical changes in your body are very gradual and can be hard to notice as a result. There are tons of apps out there for your phone that will help you track your progress.
Even something as simple as taking pictures of yourself after every workout and storing them in a folder on your computer is sufficient.
According to Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, people who vocalize their resolutions to their friends are more successful. Not only will your friends support you, but you’ll also be motivating yourself to stick to your goal.
So tell your friends — they might even want to come to the gym with you!