How to keep up your momentum going for the whole year

shutterstock_490310620As January comes to a close, the excitement of the new year begins to wane. This is the time when most people get discouraged with their resolutions and often give up. You gave it your best for a few weeks, but now life seems to get in the way and those resolutions just look like one more task to add to your already long to-do list.

If that sounds like you, then it’s time to kick yourself back into gear so that you can actually achieve your goals in 2017.

Reviving Your Momentum

There’s no reason you can’t dominate those New Year’s Resolutions. It’s never too late to start again. Take a look at these five ways to keep your momentum going even after the excitement wears off.

1. Re-evaluate Your Goals

Did you set realistic, attainable goals? Or did you set broad resolutions—like “Lose 50 pounds,” for example? If you answered yes to the last question, now’s the time to revisit your goals. Break them down into smaller objectives that can actually be reached.

Instead of saying you want to lose 50 pounds, determine how much you need to lose each week to make that happen, then jot down specific ways to get there. Doing this prevents burnout and makes you feel that you’ve accomplished something.

2. Make it Enjoyable

Did you make a vow to run every morning, only to discover that you despise running? Don’t be afraid to change it up. Exercise shouldn’t be something you hate; if it is, you’re less likely to stick with it.

Try out different options, like swimming, biking, aerobics, and so on. Find something that you enjoy and it won’t feel like a burden.

3. Find a Support System

Having someone to encourage you and hold you accountable is the best way to keep your momentum going when you feel like giving up. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or someone you met at the gym, this person (or people) provides you with an immediate support system.

If you don’t think your friends or family are willing to help you out, then consider joining a group fitness class or finding an online support community. There are plenty of options available to you.

4. Learn from Your Mistakes

On the road of life, there will always be roadblocks—things that prevent you from eating healthy or getting your workout in one day. Don’t get discouraged or give up. Rather, learn what you can do differently next time, and keep at it.

5. Reward Yourself Often

Don’t wait until you’re reached your ultimate fitness goal to reward yourself. Celebrate little achievement milestones along the way. Consider setting up a rewards system for yourself. If you love to shop, for instance, allow yourself a set amount of money to spend each time you reach a certain milestone.

No matter what’s happened so far this year, you can still achieve those New Year’s Resolutions. Use these tips to keep up your momentum. You won’t be sorry!