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5 Ways to Maintain New Year Fitness Goals

It’s that time of year again …

A month after declaring your commitment to better health, the gym floor looks awfully empty. The nearest fast food restaurants seem more convenient than spending time preparing lunch and dinner. The new workout gear begins to collect dust in the back of your closet.

Yep, all of your New Year’s fitness plans have officially gone out of the window.

But that’s okay; not all hope is lost. Everyone falls off of the wagon sometimes. That’s why JET has enlisted the help of fitness expert Obi Obadike to get you back on track. This trainer names permanent Man Candy Monday (#MCM) Morris Chestnut as one of his clients.  Check out these five tips to stay motivated all year long, and then try the his 20-minute workout video at the end of the post.

JOT DOWN YOUR GOALS

Want to drop ten pounds by spring or give up soft drinks for good? Write it down! Journaling not only reminds you of your objectives, but it also reinforces accountability. The key here is to revisit your list every quarter, and make a new one. “It gives you enough time -ten to twelve weeks – to accomplish the first set of goals, ” Obadike says.

POST A PHOTO OF YOUR DREAM BODY

“Whether it’s a celebrity or an athlete, it’s great to actually hang images of people you aspire to look like from a physical standpoint,” the health guru advises. Visual aids can keep you inspired, and propel you to the next level.

HANG OUT WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

Surround yourself with people who share your same interests. . “You can’t expect to make better choices when you’re going out with people who love to drink, eat out all of the time and don’t work out,” he asserts.

PREP YOUR MEALS

Cook and package your nutritious food, including mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, before you go to work and store it in the refrigerator. “This is helpful in allowing you to be on point rather than having to be subjected to whatever is available to you at or close to your office,” Obadaki says. Though it requires extra time, you will consistently eat nourishing meals each day.

80-20 RULE

Eat healthily 80 percent of the time and “cheat” 20 percent. Use the latter as a reward for consuming the right foods throughout the week. “It’s not realistic to say, ‘I’m going to be healthy seven days a week.’ You can indulge,” he admits. By adhering to this formula and exercising regularly, you’ll be able to manage your weight loss.

 

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