If home workouts suit you better, there are hundreds of great instructional videos available to keep you active, including weight lifting, yoga, martial arts and even salsa dancing — whatever appeals to you. Many rec centers and health clubs offer basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts, indoor tracks, and some have heated pools — all great ways to stay motivated throughout the winter.
Letting others know about your goals can help keep you on track. Discussing your plans with family, friends or co-workers usually means they’ll want to check in with you along the way to see how you’re doing. Knowing that someone cares feels great, and at the same time, we don’t want to let them or ourselves down. That can make the desire to succeed even greater.
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If you don’t like exercising by yourself, pair up with a fitness buddy, someone who has the same resolution. Having someone with a shared goal to work out with can be incredibly supportive and encouraging for both of you. Make sure the person is someone who truly shares your passion and who is serious about following through.
Remember, each day is a new opportunity, and any exercise or healthy changes to diet are better than none at all. Use the day to practice a new mindset, giving yourself an A for effort, however big or small. If you do experience a setback, remember that it's nothing more than a temporary glitch if you choose it to be.
Marjie Gilliam is an International Sports Sciences Master certified personal trainer and fitness consultant. Write to her in care of the newspaper, call her at (937) 878-9018 or send email to email@example.com.