Happy New Year!
I hope that you all enjoyed your celebrations and that you’re ready to take on 2016. I last shared my thoughts on New Year fitness resolutions here and here, and my thoughts have remained the same. However, I’ve decided to transform these thoughts into timely goal-oriented fitness tips.
Each new year, the vow to make fitness and health a priority reigns king. And while many fall off of the fitness wagon shortly after resolving to change, I will never underestimate the power that a thoughtful resolution with clear intent can have. Why? Because this was my own experience. Intention means to aim or plan and this is so important for reaching fitness goals. If you are ready to make 2016 your fittest, follow these 6 tried and true tips.
1. Make a Realistic Fitness Plan
There is absolutely no shame in having lofty fitness goals. However, you have to set a realistic plan to reach these goals over time. For instance, if you say you’ll lose 10 pounds a week or work out every single day in January, you’re setting yourself up for huge disappointment. Give your goals some thought, and make a plan of action that is doable. Perhaps you can workout 3-4 times a week or you can resolve to lose 5-10 pounds in January. These smaller goals allow you to give yourself much needed grace and they are more likely to be accomplished.
2. Grab a Fitness Buddy
Personally, I love getting away for an hour or so and working out by myself; it’s my “me” time. However, after my initial weight-loss, I was able to see the perks of having a fitness buddy. This buddy doesn’t necessarily have to accompany you on your workouts. They can hold you accountable from afar, discuss their fitness tips with you and lend their ears when you feel like throwing in the towel. And you assist them in the same way in return. Looking back, I was in the best shape of my life when I lived with Kyra during law school and we used all the aforementioned perks.
3. Cook Your Own Food
This is self explanatory. When you cook your own food instead of eating out or buying processed food, your are in control of what goes in your mouth. This is invaluable because it eliminates unnecessary guesswork as to what you can and cannot eat.
4. Don’t Neglect Water
Water is your friend. Buy a cheap water bottle (I love 32 oz. bottles) and get chugging. I aim for three liters a day which isn’t too bad since I make mini goals. For example, I aim for finishing one liter during a workout and that helps me hit my total intake for the day.
5. Track Your Progress
Tracking your progress is key to understanding what works and what doesn’t work. Progress doesn’t only have to be tracked by way of a scale (more on the scale here). Make use of tape measures, take note of how your clothes fit and give some time for self reflection to see how you’re feeling. Do you notice less bloat? Do you have more stamina during your workouts? There are several ways to track your progress.
6. Don’t Overthink The Process
These days there is so much information concerning health and fitness everywhere, especially on social media. Because of this, it’s easy to get caught up and want to try the latest fitness diets, fitness tools and overall trends. I was caught up like this in ’15 and I jumped from different plans and techniques; it was a fitness mess for me and I’m not carrying that into the new year. Focus on yourself and your goals and the cardinal fitness basics – eat healthy meals, get moving and drink water!
Any major tips that I missed? Let me know in the comments!