4 Fitness Motivation Hacks for the New Year

As we welcome in another year, you’re probably thinking about your New Year resolutions.  And if you’re like many, you probably have some fitness goals in mind for the coming year.  Here are 4 hacks to help you make them a reality and seem like less of a chore.

1. Use An Activity Tracker

Even if Santa did not bring you a new fitness gadget this holiday season, you can find many great deals on items like Apple Watches and FitBits.

There is something extremely motivating to me as I see those rings close or step counts go up. You can also set target goals with your Apple Watch or FitBit friends for some healthy competition!

2. Workout at Home

Even before the global pandemic, I found that working out at home really helped me stick to my goals. On cold winter mornings, I had a hard time motivating myself to get in my freezing car to drive to the gym only to find that someone beat me to the equipment I wanted to use.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options available for working out at home. Services like Apple Fitness+, Daily Burn and Beachbody OnDemand make it easy to get a great workout with minimal equipment.

There’s nothing wrong with finding free workout videos on YouTube, either! In fact, did you know you can find the original Tae Bo workout from the 90s on YouTube?

3. Find Some Great Workout Music

Don’t yet have a playlist of your favorite workout music? Or are you simply looking for new music for the gym? Check out these free streaming stations to get some motivation for your workout sessions!

Looking for workout headphones?

Here are a few of my favorites:

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4. Burn Calories Watching Netflix

No one likes staring at a wall while doing cardio indoors in the winter. Bring your tablet, prop it up on the elliptical or treadmill, and start binging on some of Netflix’s hits like The Queen’s Gambit, Black Mirror, Ozark, and many more.

These movies and shows will suck you in and before you know it, you will have burned a ton of calories watching TV. If your gym has new touchscreen-enabled equipment, you may be able to login to your Netflix right on on the machine.

Of course, you’re not limited to Netflix. If you have Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube TV or even a cable package that allows to stream your DVR content remotely, you’re sure to be entertained while the calories burn away.

With the right tracker, games, music and entertainment, you’re ready to tackle your new year fitness goals!

Sparkler photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash
Workout photo by juan pablo rodriguez on Unsplash


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