Tips for Reinvigorating Those New Year’s Resolutions

IHRSA Offers Ten Tips for Reinvigorating Those New Year’s Resolutions and Feeling Good

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, February 27, 2014—As winter weather hangs on and New Year’s becomes a distant memory, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is reminding people that their local health club is the ideal partner to help them stick with their New Year’s resolve.

Health clubs can help people stick to—or get back to—their New Year’s resolutions in many ways. Below are four key reasons why health clubs make the best fitness partners:

(1)  Supportive, knowledgeable, and trained professionals make it easier for people of all ages and fitness levels to build a well-balanced and enjoyable exercise routine.

(2)  State-of-the-art exercise equipment, a variety of classes, personal trainers, and professional instructors all ensure a wide selection of exercise options to suit each individual’s evolving interests and needs.

(3)  Fellow club members offer camaraderie and encouragement.

(4)  Health clubs offer a warm, safe, dry, motivational place to exercise, regardless of the weather or time of day.

“Exercise is the ultimate mood booster,” says Joe Moore, IHRSA’s President and CEO. “And the harder you struggle with the winter doldrums, the more important it is for you to push yourself to get up and be active every day. So get out of the cold, join a gym, and get moving. You’ll be inspired by how good it makes you feel.”

Ten Tips for Staying Motivated

IHRSA offers these ten tips for staying motivated and feeling good all year long:

  1. Treat exercise as your personal “time out.” Your time to exercise is your opportunity to “recharge your battery.” It refreshes your mind, spirit, and energy. It not only benefits you, it has a positive impact on your relationships, your work and how you cope with stress. 
  2. Set realistic, incremental goals. Start with small, attainable goals that you can achieve with relative consistency. 15 minutes a day is a meaningful starting point. Build from there.
  3. Do what you enjoy. Physical activity comes in many forms. Will a brisk walk in the open air help you unwind and relax? Is it a workout at the gym with state-of-the-art equipment and the energy of others that helps motivate you? Is it the convenience of jumping rope in your basement that will keep you feeling good about yourself? The possibilities are endless.
  4. Schedule it as you would any important appointment. Designating a time to exercise is a key factor in making it happen. Put it on your calendar. But remember, regular exercise doesn’t have to mean regimented exercise. 
  5. Track it. Whether you track it on paper, your computer or an app, you reinforce your commitment to taking care of yourself, and you see the progress you are making. 
  6. Make it social. One of the greatest benefits of exercise can be the quality time you spend with friends and family. An exercise buddy or group can help motivate you to stick with it, while offering social interaction and the additional support you may need. Surround yourself with people who also want to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Motivation and lifestyle choices are contagious! Note: Health clubs are filled with people who have the same goals as you.
  7. Be flexible and allow yourself breaks. Exercise is a lifestyle choice that will improve your quality of life throughout your entire lifetime. If you need to miss a workout—or several—it’s okay. Just get back to it as soon as you can. It’s the long-term commitment to taking care of yourself and enjoying the physical and emotional benefits of exercise that will keep you going.
  8. Mix it up. Add variety to sustain your interest. Feel free to be creative in what you do. Modern-day gym equipment is great. Or try out a new class. Or ask a trainer to show you some body-weight exercises.
  9. Incorporate other activities you love. If your idea of relaxing is listening to music, reading a good book, or watching a funny television show, find ways to exercise while engaging in these pastimes you really enjoy. 
  10. Reward yourself. You have reason to feel proud when you take care of yourself through exercise. In today’s sedentary, overscheduled world, it’s not an easy thing to do. So go ahead and reward yourself in healthy ways when you’ve met your goals. Treat yourself to a massage, buy music you enjoy, or get that new outfit you’ve been wanting. But remember: the greatest reward you can give yourself is that feeling of wellbeing that comes when you make exercise a regular part of your life.

IHRSA wants to know what makes you get active. Tweet your reasons using the hashtag #WhyGetActive today.

Find an IHRSA Club at and see for advice on how to choose the “best” club for you.

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is the trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, racquet and sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are committed to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.