Want to motivate yourself to fulfil your fitness goals for the year?

If you’ve been taking a break from your regular fitness routine because of work or because you were on holiday, it may be hard to get motivated to restart your workout.

Not to worry, here are five great ways for you to get back into the swing of things and restart your fitness regime.

Find a friend

Finding a workout buddy is one way to keep going with your fitness schedule, as making plans to work out together will make it harder to cancel and make you both more accountable.

Exercising with a friend or partner can also help you both stay motivated by congratulating each other on a workout well done and any goals reached.

You could also make exercise more of a fun, social event by organising to grab a post-workout brunch or smoothie together.

Update your workout wardrobe

Sometimes all you need is something new.

Changing or updating your gear and sportswear may just give you a jolt of motivation to stay on top of your workout.

Big sports brands have already unveiled their latest collections and this may be a great time to go check them out.

Alternatively make the new purchase a well-deserved reward for hitting your exercise goals, this will help give you something to work towards.

Try a new class

Switch up your workouts by enrolling in a new exercise class.

Not only will this new sport or workout give your fitness regime a shake up, but it could also teach you some new skills and help you make some new friends.

If you’re always running why not try a Body Pump class for some resistance training?

Already love resistance training? Stretch it out with some yoga.

If you always swim breast stroke, book in with an instructor to teach you front crawl.

The possibilities are endless!

Set a new goal

If you’ve taken a break from the gym while on vacation you might be feeling back to square one.

Setting a new goal is a great way to motivate yourself to start again, and push yourself further.

Try signing up for a run or sponsored swim, set yourself a new amount of steps to walk each week, or increase your workouts from 3 per week to 4.

It doesn’t have to be too far or too much to start with, just something that is a challenge but also fun for you.

Once you’ve achieved this goal, you can push yourself even further with another!

Keep track of your progress

Even if you’re not working towards a goal, keeping a track of your workouts will show you how far you have progressed and help keep you going.

Invest in a fitness tracker as part of your back to the gym kit, and make sure you’re wearing it daily to track all your activities.

Fitness trackers can also keep tabs on other important factors such as sleep.

Alternatively schedule workouts into your diary to keep a track of how many you make it to and what you achieved. – AFP Relaxnews