By February 24th, most New Year’s fitness resolutions are abandoned—according to Gold’s Gym, which analyzed check-in data among its more than three million members over the past four years. Researchers found that gym attendance among new members begins dwindling 41 days after the New Year (February 10th), with most new gym-goers falling off what Gold’s calls the “fitness cliff” by Feb. 24. We talked to Jamie Eason—multiple-time fitness magazine cover model, writer, and public speaker—to get tips to stay on track and avoid letting your goals go off the cliff.
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* Image of Eason by Paul Buceta
1. Invest in it
“Buy yourself new exercise clothes, sneakers, or a workout bag,” says Eason. Doing so will prove to yourself that you’re taking your fitness goals seriously. Plus, “not wanting new and/or expensive equipment to go to waste will make you more apt to get off the couch and use it.”
2. Get on a program
Not knowing how you’ll get from point A to point B is a sure way to never get there. You don’t need to earn a degree in exercise science, but take the time to look up or write out a plan that will help you build muscle, lose fat, or stick with your new diet. Want it all mapped out for you? “Gold’s Gym is giving everyone in America a free 12-week transformation plan that’s customized,” says Eason.
3. Rock out
“Keep your gym music fresh,” Eason says. “Find new tracks or swap playlists with friends.” Even your favorite head-banger hits can get stale after a while, and fail to provide the motivation you need for intense, productive workouts. “Associating your workouts with fun music or escapism will make you not want to miss them.”