The new year brings with it the chance of a fresh start, so it’s an ideal time to review the efficiency of your existing exercise regime, and to contemplate your fitness ambitions for the future. With just a few small adjustments, you can boost the effectiveness of your current training routine.

Goals: Review and Renew

A large percentage of Americans choose to make new year’s resolutions, but only a fraction of them will actually succeed in reaching them. The main reasons for failure are vagueness and over-shooting. When you’re more realistic with your training goals, you’re more likely to see them come to fruition. See if you’re on the right track by making use of the SMART acronym – all goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed.

Listen to Your Body

Aches, pains, and injuries will affect your training routine and could be putting your overall health at risk. If you’ve had issues but tried to ignore them in the hope they will vanish, now is the time to seek professional help.

Try Something New

Why not take the time to try something a little different this year, like enroll in a new class such at the gym or taking up a new sport? You could work with a new coach, set yourself special rewards when you hit targets, or even try something as simple as taking a new route on your morning jog.

Stop Texting, Start Flexing

Think of apps as your own personal trainer at your fingertips. From measuring run distances and speeds, to logging your workout sessions, they can give a real boost to your regimes and results. Top apps include Lose It, a free workout journal and food diary, as well as Fitness Trainer, which offers hundreds of exercises, instructional videos, and routines. Go one step further by incorporating a fitness tracker, such as a FitBit, into your daily routine.

Incorporate one of more of the above strategies into your workout regime, and you will be likely to have a training routine that is more successful, and possibly more enjoyable too.

Source list:

http://hr.wayne.edu/leads/phase1/smart-objectives.php

http://success.oregonstate.edu/learning-corner/time-management/goal-setting

https://www.loseit.com/

http://fitness.eltima.com/

https://www.fitbit.com