5 Fitness Habits to Make (and break) in the New Year

Say no to unrealistic goals and yes to fitness habits that will last all year.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

There’s no better time than now to evaluate what your current fitness habits look like. With a fresh new year ahead of us, it’s time to keep those negative fitness habits in the past (goodbye negative mindset) and focus on creating habits that will last all year long.  

If you want to revamp your current fitness routine and make some kick-butt realistic fitness habits, we’re going to show you exactly what you need to know. 

Five Fitness Habits to Make in the New Year 

#1 Make One Micro Fitness Commitment Per Day 

If you have a current workout schedule but want to amp things up a bit, make it a habit to commit to one micro fitness commitment per day. Micro means small (like really small) such as taking an extra loop on your lunch break walk or getting up and doing 20 squats after sitting at your desk for an hour. 

Commit to something new each day to spice things up a bit and add a bit more movement into your day—it may be a total game-changer for you. 

#2 Try Something New 

Stuck in a fitness rut? One of your new year’s fitness habits could simply involve trying something new. Get out of your comfort zone, and try that boxing class, or dial things down with an at-home yoga flow class with FitOn trainer Vytas. 

Just pick something you wouldn’t normally do, and try it out. Who knows, it may become your new fav workout. 

#3 Make a Weekly Fitness Plan 

Similar to meal planning, fitness planning can completely transform your fitness habits. Every week, take a few minutes to plan out your workouts. Write out what you’ll do on what day, and pencil these workouts in. 

Having a plan in front of you makes it harder to avoid, plus, if you’re motivated by being able to cross things off of your to-do list, this is definitely a fitness habit for you. 

#4 Take Time to Warm-up and Cool Down 

We know, we know. If you’re in a rush to just get that workout in, you may not feel like you have time for a warm up or a cool down, or you may just rush through them. But, warming up is super important for getting those muscles ready and fired up to work. Plus, warming up may also help get your mind right so you can get your head in the game before getting that sweat on! 

Cooling down is also important to help bring that heart rate down, stretch out all those muscles you just worked, and it’s also nice to just center yourself before you jump back into your chaotic day. 

So, don’t ditch the warm-up or cool down. Try to make this one of the fitness habits you really find some time to squeeze into your workouts, even if it means squeezing that workout in during a different time of day where you may have a few extra minutes. 

#5 Treat Yo’ Self! 

With any of your fitness habits, don’t forget to reward yourself! When you follow through with your new fitness habits or reach a specific goal, it’s important to do something to celebrate that. 

Not only do you deserve it for being a total boss, but it will help keep you motivated to keep pushing forward with your new year’s fitness habits to get you closer to reaching all of your fitness goals. 

Five Fitness Habits to Kick This Year 

Real talk—while we’re on the topic of fitness habits, we have to talk about the not so great ones we’re all guilty of. We’re talking poor mindsets or unrealistic expectations. 

As you make some new fitness habits this year, here are five that you can say goodbye to. 

#1 Quit the Workouts You Absolutely Dread

If you hate jogging on the treadmill, why are you doing it? Forget the idea that you have to do workouts you hate to stay in shape. There are seriously dozens of ways to get your cardio in, including a killer HIIT workout with Breann Mitchell (no treadmill required). 

The bottom line is that if you do workouts you love, chances are, you’ll keep showing up to your daily sweat sesh. 

#2 An All or Nothing Approach to Fitness 

Leave that poor mindset behind. Ditch the idea that fitness means you have to take an all or nothing approach 

If you’ve been holding off on getting the right equipment or getting a gym membership to get in shape, say goodbye to this mindset ASAP. Why? Because yes, you can get in shape without working out for an hour per day, or having that expensive gym membership. It’s all about finding what works best for you, not what your mindset used to tell you. 

#3 Don’t Throw in The Towel if You Don’t See Results Right Away 

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of throwing in the towel too soon if you don’t see immediate results. Chances are, most of us have been there, done that. But, this year, make things different. 

If you have fitness goals, and you aren’t seeing the results you want as quickly as you want, stick it out. Stay committed to your fitness game plan, and keep pushing forward. Time and commitment are huge for seeing those results. 

#4 Don’t Put Fitness on the Bottom of Your to-do List 

Part of getting into a solid fitness routine means making the time. If you’re wondering where the heck you’re going to find the time, we hear you. Life is busy, and sometimes fitness doesn’t always happen. But, this year, try scheduling in your workouts, being sure to put them at the top of  your priority list. Schedule them in and commit to them. Treat your daily workout just like you treat brushing your teeth—it’s a non-negotiable. 

#5 Don’t Make Exercise Time Social Hour 

Sometimes, going to the gym seems more like happy hour than gym time. This year, focus on making healthier fitness habits by really focusing on fitness during your scheduled workout time, and leave social h

our for happy hour with your girlfriends! You’ll thank yourself later when you see those fitness results you’ve been busting your butt for. 

Out With the Old in With The New 

This year, kick the fitness habits you want to do away with and welcome in all the new fitness habits that are going to help you reach your fitness goals this year. With some fitness hustle, you may just have your healthiest year yet, and we’re here for it all! 

So, grab that pen and paper and get fitness habit planning, because you’re just one workout away from being one step closer to those wellness goals.