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New Year, New Habits

Habits are a powerful thing. Once you’ve established a habit, it is nearly impossible to give it up. They become mini-traditions that occur on a daily basis, and eventually a large part of our routine-driven lives. So, you better make sure the habits you set for yourself align with your goals. Take these 7 habits with you into the New Year and you’ll remain/become a highly motivated and successful gym-goer.

1. They Set Clear Goals

The people who are most successful in the gym are those that they set clear goals They know exactly what they hope to accomplish, and in knowing the finish line, it is far easier for them to remain motivated during the process leading up to that end goal.

2. They Make Small, Sustainable Changes at a Time

The next habit successful and motivated gym goers have is that they make small, sustainable changes at a time. Once they’ve successfully implemented a change into their workout routine or nutrition plan, they slowly add the next small change.

3. They Have Fun with Their Workouts

For years the fitness industry has painted this picture that your workouts have to be hardcore to get progress – the whole “make your muscles beg for mercy” misconception. Truth is painful DOMS, puking, and buckets of sweat aren’t part of the equation when it comes to making gains. Those types of workouts aren’t sustainable. You know what is? Having fun. The most motivated of gym-goers actually enjoy being there. They have fun with their workouts. And since they have fun with their workouts, they don’t want to miss them.

4. They Have Perspective

Those who are most motivated and successful in the gym put things in perspective. They see the larger picture in life. So, when they miss a workout, they understand it’s just one missed workout. They don’t need to start over. They don’t need to give up.

5. They Have a Bedtime Routine

Nothing is as important as sleep. Workouts get glamorized in the hierarchy of what will make you successful in the gym. Even nutrition plays second fiddle on that front. Absolutely nothing is as critical to being motivated and successful in the gym as getting an adequate amount of sleep each night. And those who are best at getting that required sleep are those who have an established bedtime routine.

6. They Prioritize What Really Matters

Those who are truly successful in the gym are those that prioritize what really matters. Practice that perspective mentioned earlier. Enjoy meals out with your friends. Enjoy family gatherings around holiday dinners. Eat a bowl of ice cream with your kid every now and then.

7.  They Practice Patience

The most motivated and successful people of all gym-goers practice patience. They realize this is a long-term investment of their time. Too often we get caught up in the headlines of adding 15lbs of muscle in 8 weeks, losing 10lbs of fat in 30 days, etc. It doesn’t and shouldn’t work like that. Yes, you want to be progressing. But you should progress slowly towards your goals and enjoy the process along the way. Be patient. If you’re working, the results will come.