We do not know of anyone that has not tried to stick to a New Year’s Resolution at least once in his or her lifetime. Waist trainer resolutions are great, they make you feel motivated, they help you align your goals, and they give you a fresh start at forming healthy habits. Some of the most popular resolutions are losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising more often. If you find yourself aiming for these, we recommend you maximize these goals and speed up your results through the use of a waist trainer and a disciplined gym waist training routine.
Why New Years Resolutions Fail
Here’s the thing, though: setting a resolution is the easy part, following through and sticking with it is a whole other ball game. Did you know that somewhere around 75 percent of people who started off motivated give up on their new year’s resolution by the end of January? This is mainly because people set their expectations too high, pressure themselves too much, and want instant results.
Keep in mind there is nothing wrong with adjusting your pace as you go along, we highly encourage you not to give up and continue on taking small steps towards your initial plan- even if it would take a little longer than initially expected. Imagine how different you would be by next year if you placed in even just a little bit of work all throughout the 12 months.
If waist training is one of your resolutions this time around, we have prepared a quick 5-step guide to help you stay on track and maximize your results:
- Be specific about your goals
Ask yourself what it is that will keep you motivated all throughout. Maybe it is a specific outfit or occasion you want to look healthier for, maybe you want to build up your confidence, maybe you want to be able to play and run around with your kids more?
Once you have found a specific reason that will sustain your motivation, list down the different habits that you need to adjust in order to align to that. These do not have to be abrupt either, you can do them in baby steps. Some examples could be:
Example 1: If you are currently working out 0 times a week, try working out just once a week as a start. Then when that feels easy to come by, make it twice a week. Then later on, thrice a week, you get the picture.
Example 2: If you are currently eating sweets every after meal, try indulging only every other day. Then when your cravings are more controlled, try only twice a week until you only want them for special occasions or when the craving hit hard.
Example 3: If you are currently not using a waist trainer, try wearing one for an hour a day. Then when you feel more comfortable, go for two hours, then three, and so on. The simple act of wearing a compression band daily can do wonders for your fitness journey. It helps you control your food intake, sweat out water weight with minimal movement, and keep your posture healthy to ensure your organs are functioning well.
- Be realistic about them, too
When naming your goals and listing the habits that support them, be sure they are realistic enough for your unique situation. Otherwise, you will be more at risk of losing motivation and giving up in between.
Take into consideration your schedule, your resources, your health conditions, and everything else you have to factor in. It is totally okay and normal to have some limitations and boundaries, be honest about the kinds of goals you are able to set out for yourself for the time being while still achieving a healthy result.
Just like the small habits you can build up over time, that same principle can be applied to this step as well. Big goals are great and you need not shy away from them even if they seem distant. All it takes are small steps that set the foundation and lead you there. Here are a few examples:
Example 1: If your end goal is to run a full marathon but you are only new to running, you can start off by training for a 5km run, and then a 10km run, and then a half marathon, until you are fully ready.
Example 2: If your end goal is to wear a waist trainer for 12 hours a day, but you are still new to waist training, start with 1-2 hours a day, then add in an hour or so every 2 weeks. This can slowly help your body adapt to the compression without shocking or traumatizing it.
- Create a timeline
What can really help keep those small habits in check is creating a timeline. Depending on your goal, you might not even need the whole year to achieve it, or you might need more than a year – and either way is fine! What is important is to be realistic of your timeline and to not pressure yourself beyond your means.
To do this efficiently, divide your target date into milestone that you would ideally reach at the given time frame. So for example you want to lose 60 pounds by the end of the year, think of it instead as losing 5 pounds per month. By breaking your goal down into milestones, and creating a timeline on when these should each be completed, you will find it smoother to go about your journey.
- Track your progress
The best way to keep motivated is to see how far you have already gone! Be sure to document your situation before you start waist training, and again with each milestone. We suggest taking a photo and taking measurements, too. If possible, take the photos wearing the same clothes and under the same lighting to better compare them later on.
Some people find it useful to keep a daily journal. In here, you can jot down your progress in building habits, your mood, how long you wore your waist trainer for, what you ate, and so on!
- Celebrate each win
Another way to stay motivated and happy about your new years resolution is by celebrating your wins – big and small! Whether it is just a habit you have achieved, a milestone unlocked, or the full goal, reward yourself for a job well done.
Here are a few articles that can help you with your exercise routine, weight loss goal, and guide to using a compression band.
- 6 Benefits Of Wearing A Waist Trainer
- 30-Day Waist Trainer Challenge
- How To Use A Waist Trainer While Working Out
- Can You Eat With A Waist Trainer On?
- How To Wash Your Trainer
- 5 Tips For Making Your Routine More Comfortable
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Hannah - Manager at Hourglass
Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. Her dietary and fitness expertise are trusted across the fitness community.