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5 Ways People Are Making an Effort to Be More Active in the New Year

Staying active has so many benefits, and it’s good for both mental and physical health. It can lower the risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and when you stay active, you can also feel more energetic. In that light, if you are always feeling tired, maybe that’s your body telling you to get active. As people continue to become aware of the benefits of exercise, they are making more effort to be more active in the New Year. Some of the key steps they are taking to achieve this include the following.

Getting Workout Buddies and Accountability Partners

When you are doing it alone, it’s easy to procrastinate. However, when you are working as a team, even of only two people, you will have someone to hold you accountable, challenge you, or give you some motivation. Having a workout buddy can also make the process much more fun. You can look forward to spending time with your friends as you work out. Other than friends, you can have a professional accountability partner working with you through the process.

Investing in Activity Equipment and Gear

Another thing people are doing to help them stay active in the New Year is investing in equipment and gear that can help them in achieving that goal. New and good things can give you the motivation you need to keep going. For instance, a new pair of gym clothes can be a great motivation to go to the gym. If you are a person who loves spending some time by the ocean and sea, one of these inflatable paddle boards can entice you to take those trips more often.

Walking and Biking to Work

Walking and biking is great cardio and also a good way to stay active every day. In addition to giving you a chance to exercise, when you walk and bike you get to interact more with other people and enjoy nature. Also, you will be playing your part as a good citizen by reducing congestion on the roads. However, in the U.S. the number of those who walk and bike to work is still very low. Maybe the percentage will go up as awareness on the benefits continues to spread.

Setting Up Home Gyms

For busy people, going to the gym at the beginning or the end of the day may not be possible on most days. Introverts, on the other hand, may opt to skip the gym to avoid facing the crowds. Some of those who are not able to go to the gym are making effort to stay active by setting up home gyms where they can work out at their own comfort and convenience.

Fun Activities

Finally, people are making effort to stay active by getting involved in fun activities such as dancing, rock climbing and hiking. If an activity feels boring to you, you don’t have to do it; there are lots of other things you can do to stay active. Explore a number of activities and choose what you like best. It will be easier to stay active when you love what you are doing.

If you have made a resolution to be more active in the New Year, identify the key steps you will take to achieve this, set goals and do your best to stick to them. With clear goals, even when you don’t meet them 100%, your chances of procrastination are very low. You can hang an activity chart in your room or office to act as a reminder and make use of apps that can also serve as reminders and track your progress.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

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