January is always the busiest time of the year for gyms—some even call it the industry’s Black Friday. After a holiday season of eating, drinking, and being merry (often in excess), many gyms see 25 percent more members join in January than at any other time of the year. Regardless of all that enthusiasm, gym attendance is usually back to its normal, pre-New Year level by mid-February.
Perhaps that’s because, for many of us, New Year’s resolutions are a bit of a joke: Most people will break them before the year is out (a third won’t even make it to the end of January). But you don’t need superpowers or an iron will to commit to getting fit and fabulous this year. Whether your goal is to do 10 push-ups, run a marathon, or to just take the stairs more often, you can accomplish it, no sweat (OK, maybe a little sweat). Check out these tips to have the fittest year yet.