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, FitBits, and the lesser known Mi Band.

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!

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2. Gamify Your Steps

Now that you’re tracking your steps, turn them into a game!

Pokemon Go recently added Adventure Sync that counts your steps on your phone’s built-in pedometer or an Apple Watch towards earning candy and hatching eggs in the game, even when the app is closed (however, it’s important to note that the steps from a FitBit or Mi Band are not supported at this time).

Or, use those steps to help raise a virtual pet in Wokamon! Every step you take helps feed your little Wokamon friend. The more active you are, the more their Wokamons grow and thrive.

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!

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 Bird Box, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, 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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