"I will start exercising" - How to succeed with your New Year's resolution

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We've all probably had a New Year's resolution that we truly believed we would keep but failed to do so at some point in our lives. It usually goes relatively well in the beginning, but then something happens, and the resolution becomes a distant memory. A perfect example is the New Year's resolution "I will start exercising."

Get Started on your training journey and achieve your new year's resolution

Many people make promises to themselves to get in shape, lose weight, or increase their physical activity as the new year begins. Exercise and health are popular topics when it comes to New Year's resolutions, but achieving them can be challenging.

Sometimes, an extra push in the right direction is needed. An effective method we recommend is undergoing a health check to assess your current health status. This provides reference values that you can use to immediately start working on improvements.

Developing new habits takes time, planning, and motivation. To kickstart your training, consider setting interim goals that are achievable during your fitness journey and have a plan.

5 good tricks to start your training

1. Set realistic goals

Begin by setting realistic and measurable goals for your training. Whether it's achieving a specific number of daily steps, losing weight at a healthy pace, improving fitness, or building muscle, ensure the goals are measurable and attainable.

2. Establish an exercise routine

Create a regular exercise routine. Start with something as simple as 20-30 minutes of exercise a few times a week and gradually increase intensity and duration.

3. Find an enjoyable form of exercise

Explore different forms of exercise to find something you enjoy, be it running, cycling, strength training, yoga, or swimming. Consistency is key, so stick to your routine and stay active each week.

4. Consistency yields results

Regular exercise may not always be enjoyable, but it's crucial. Vary your training activities to prevent boredom and engage different muscle groups. Incorporate flexibility and mobility exercises, like stretching or yoga, to enhance mobility and reduce the risk of injury.

5. Track your success and reward yourself

Monitor your progress using measuring tapes, photos, or a training diary. This can be motivating and give you a sense of accomplishment. Celebrate your successes with rewards, whether it's a rest day, a fun extra activity, or something else you enjoy.

This is how the brain activates the reward system

When you achieve your interim goals, dopamine is released in the brain, activating the reward system and creating a satisfying feeling. This helps maintain motivation, making exercise a natural part of your daily life and ensuring you keep your New Year's resolution.

Test your values and optimize over time

Boost your motivation by testing your values to assess your starting point and monitor the impact of your training on your overall health. Consider our popular health check, the Health Check Large, which provides insights into hormonal balance, cardiovascular health, blood status, kidney and liver function, diabetes risk, inflammation, and levels of essential minerals and vitamins.

Understanding your blood values not only helps identify potential risk factors but also allows you to track and optimize your health data over time. This empowers you to make informed decisions based on your individual health profile.

If you've read this far, we hope you feel encouraged and motivated to embark on your training journey and successfully achieve your New Year's resolution.

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