It’s that time of year again. The hopefulness and exuberance of the New Year has given way to the cold reality: Getting in shape is HARD. You have to be conscientious with your diet and dedicated to hitting the gym regularly.
Studies show that right now is when most of the people who resolved to get in shape this year will quit. They will taper off until March, when only a tiny percentage of them will have achieved their fitness goal.
Enough bleak statistics. Here are four strategies to become part of the elite: the people who stick with it.
Yes, yes, it’s resolution season. I’m sure by now you’ve got your list of goals good and set, but if you need some help actually keeping your promises, look no further. We sifted through Instagram to find Philadelphians who resolving to make 2015 a healthy, happy year to remember. Get some insta-motivation for keeping and rocking your resolutions from these snaps (including one of our own!)
If you just can’t seem to get your gym routine down (because who can resist the snooze button and unlimited Netflix streaming?), Pavlok, a new fitness tracker slated to debut in 2015, might be just the fix: According to Refinery29, if you dare skip a Pilates class for a Prime Suspect marathon, the tracker will deliver an electric shock of up to 340V as punishment. And if, somehow, that’s not motivation enough, Pavlok will also Facebook-shame you by posting your failure to your wall for all to see. Seriously!
Some days, getting yourself off the couch and into your sneakers is way easier said than done. I mean, let’s face it: Posting up with a Law and Order: SVU marathon and central air conditioning is simply more appealing than sweating your face off in 90-degree weather. And those “Keep Calm and Sweat On” Instagram posts, hashtagged with every variation of “fitspiration” imaginable—#fitspiration, #fitspirationquote #fitspirational, and so on—are more cringe-inducing than motivating, am I right?
But not to worry, friends: Next time you catch yourself ditching the sweat session for a hangout sesh with your favorite SVU detectives, refer to this handy list of motivational mantras. These quotes will get you off the couch without making you cringe. And I promise, Detective Stabler will still be waiting for you on Netflix when you get back.
I love a good motivational phrase as much as the next gal, but I find that a lot of the ones I see on Facebook and Instagram—or even tacked to friends’ walls—make my eyes roll. (See: All the variations of “Keep Calm And ____ On.”) If you’re looking to give yourself a typographical pep talk without crossing the line into cheese-ball territory, read on. I found 11 motivational posters on Etsy that won’t make you cringe.