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This Year WILL Be Different! Strategies to Make Fitness Stick in 2024

Or how to finally get fit

We all have good intentions when it comes to getting in shape. But sticking with it is another story. Gyms see a surge of new members eager to transform their bodies. Yet by the next month, attendance drops as people lose motivation and fall back into old routines.

Let’s break that cycle. With some practical tips, you can make 2024 the year you finally get fit for good.

It takes more than a flashy gym membership and some new workout clothes: Mindset, smart goal-setting, and tools to stay on track.

The journey begins not with a dramatic overhaul but small, sustainable changes.

1. Skip the Gym

Getting fit has less to do with exercise and more to do with nutrition. The right diet makes or breaks your goals.

So, don’t think gym, think food first.

Don’t attempt drastic changes overnight. Take baby steps like:

  • Ordering less takeout
  • Choosing healthier snacks
  • Trying intermittent fasting
  • Reducing refined carbs

You don’t need equipment or a membership to begin. Simple home workouts suffice for beginners.

2. No sprints

Fitness is a lifelong journey, not a sprint. Approach it as a habit to build over time. Those who quit got overwhelmed trying to do too much too quickly.

Make consistency the priority, as with any new skill. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

3. Do a challenge

Challenges provide structure while making fitness social and fun.

Take part in yoga programs, body weight workouts, running groups, and more.

My wife and I do them together.

4. Toss the scale

Daily weigh-ins often backfire. The number on the scale means less than strength and endurance gains.

Take body measurements periodically instead. You may slim down without shedding pounds by losing fat and building muscle.

5. “Excuse me”

My weakness is excuses. It’s too easy to justify skipping workouts.

While rest is important, be wary of excuses that hold you back. Identify real patterns versus isolated exceptions.

Everything can be an excuse.

Bonus: tunes

Music, podcasts, and audiobooks make exercise more enjoyable. Upbeat audio distracts you and makes time fly. It also releases feel-good chemicals like dopamine. Discover new workout playlists and podcast episodes along the way.

The bottom line

Let’s recap the 2024 game plan:

  1. Home workouts + nutrition, not gym memberships
  2. Building lifelong habits
  3. Doing challenges
  4. Tossing the scale
  5. No excuses

With the right mindset and smart goal-setting, this is the year you finally get fit. What’s your plan?

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