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As soon as the clock struck midnight on 1 January 2019, many of us made new year’s resolutions to get fit, active and healthy.

Now that we’re halfway through 2019, how many of us have consistently stuck by our resolutions? How many of us have got caught up in our hectic lives and put our fitness resolutions on hold?

Fitness is the sum of all parts of your life and despite missed gym sessions and failed diet plans, it’s never too late for you to get back on track.

With less than half of the year remaining, here are tips to keep in mind and help you catch up on your 2019 fitness resolutions:

Remember your why. Go back to the time you set your goals and remember why you wanted to achieve them in the first place. Instead of thinking about how difficult it is to stay consistent, think about the benefits for you and your body. Look at your goals through a positive lens — see them as a guiding force to be better, rather than a restrictive element to hold you back. With Fitbit’s Personal Goal Setting feature on the app, you have as step-by-step interactive guide that generates appropriate goals for where you are in your health journey. If you’re not meeting the goals you set at the beginning of the year, you could recalibrate them to make them more attainable. As soon as you get the hang of meeting your daily goals, kick it up a notch and challenge yourself.

Lose the “all or nothing” mindset. When people set goals and resolutions related to health and fitness, they often feel like they must be perfect and consistent. The tendency with this type of mindset is that if you skip a gym session or have a cupcake, you spiral downward and eventually give up completely. The trick here is to aim for an 80 percent success rate. If you lessen the restrictions in this way and give yourself more allowance for occasional ‘slip-ups’ or treats, like a doughnut or skipped workout, you’re less likely to fall completely off-course. As you go down the long and winding road to success, it helps to celebrate the small wins. In the greater scheme, every little achievement brings you closer to your end goal.

Team up. While everybody has their own fitness goals and resolutions, motivation is not always self-driven. Having support is key to motivating individual health and fitness journeys, as is evidenced by the growth of group-based fitness formats such as cross-fit and functional training. Another way to motivate yourself is through a little friendly competition. You could challenge fellow members through Fitbit’s variety of in-app fitness challenges, such as Fitbit communities foster support, camaraderie and friendly competition, it always helps to involve others in your journey.

At the end of the day, it should all be about the process and not just focused on the end goal. When you fixate on your desired result, such as weight loss, this tends to mean you’re more likely to give up. If you want to succeed in achieving a goal or resolution, you need to focus on the steps you’re going to take to get there.

With half of the year remaining, remember that the journey is not yet over. There is still time for you to achieve your 2019 fitness resolutions.

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