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 friends 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, FitOn, and Beachbody OnDemand make it easy to get a great workout with minimal equipment.
There are also free workouts available on YouTube! Here are some to get you started:
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 to motivate you? Check out these free streaming stations to get some motivation for your workout sessions!
- Pandora: Pop Fitness
- Pandora: Workout Hits
- Pandora: Alternative Endurance Training
- iHeart Radio: Club Jam Hits
- iHeart Radio: 24 Hour Cardio Mix
- iHeart Radio: Rock Workout Radio
Looking for workout headphones?
Here are a few of my favorites:
SoundPEATS Air3 Wireless Earbuds Mini Bluetooth V5.2 Earphones with Qualcomm QCC3040 and aptX-Adaptive, 4-Mic and CVC 8.0 Noise Cancellation, TrueWireless Mirroring Tech, in-Ear Detection, Game Mode
Soundcore by Anker, Soundcore Sport X10 True Wireless Bluetooth 5.2 Workout Headphones, Rotatable Ear Hooks, Deep Bass, IPX7 Waterproof, Sweatproof, 32H Play, Fast Charge, Sport Earbuds, Gym, Running
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 Stranger Things, 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 log in to your Netflix right on on the machine.
Of course, you’re not limited to Netflix. If you have Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, or even a cable package that allows streaming 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’s fitness goals!
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