Happy New year. It’s that exciting time of year where we can pop some bottles, reminisce about the past year and get stoked for the following 365 days. Some people think resolutions are an ugly thing, but I think they’re an opportunity for a fresh start or a fresh mindset. I like to set yearly goals (1 and 5 years) for my career and fitness at the start of the New Year.
So many of us decide THIS is going to be THE year to clean up our diet and improve our fitness, so we buy a juicer and a 2 year membership at the gym with a 5 day a week program. It all sounds good, we’ve got the tools that we need to be successful, but it doesn’t stick. The first couple weeks go great, but things slowly start to slip…and that’s NORMAL.
There are steps that we can take to implement healthy lifestyle changes that will last.
1. Set attainable goals. If weight loss is your goal, remember we can lose around 0.5-2 lbs (average) per month, so don’t set out to lose 10 lbs by February. If you want to clean up your diet, don’t cut out all sugars, carbs, fats today. Work on cutting out fast food, or pop and go week by week.
2. Find activities that you ENJOY! If you don’t like the gym…DON’T GO! Find an activity you enjoy doing (or multiple different activities), and do those. For example, you can do yoga, running, walking, hiking, group fitness, home fitness, crossfit, biking, sports and on and on. There’s so much opportunity for exercise these days, find what makes your heart happy.
3. Don’t go balls to the walls. Moderation is key. If you find motivation and consistency are a struggle, start with a couple days each week, and slowly grow this as it gets easier and more enjoyable. Listen to your body.
4. Find support. Post on Facebook what you’re working on, find a coach or accountability group, connect with groups and meet ups in your community…whatever it takes, find someone to keep you accountable. If you don’t know anyone that can help, join my Wellness group here .
5. Hire a trainer. We are here to make sure you are successful in crushing your goals. Whether you need a new fitness program, need to be shown the ropes in the gym, or need accountability a trainer can help you organize your goals and crush them.
6. Be gracious with yourself. Some days are going to be harder than others so don’t be too hard on yourself. Skip a day if you need to, but make it up and don’t make a habit out of it 😊
I hope these 5 tips help get you on your way this January. If you have any questions or comments don’t