Jan 18th, 2014
Author: Karen Marshall
It’s almost that time again – time to make a fresh start in the New Year and leave your old habits behind. Once again, your list of New Year’s resolutions will most likely include a promise to work out regularly, eat right and lose the weight you’ve gained over the holidays. In years prior, you may have been motivated and determined – for the first few weeks. You may have bought yourself new workout wear and scheduled your workouts into your calendar. Then when enthusiasm waned, your resolution just faded away for another year and you went back to your old ways.
To be successful this time around, let’s take a look at where you could have gone wrong in the past. It could be that your resolution was too vague. “This year I’ll get in shape”…. And you don’t set a time frame to go with that statement. The problem is that you don’t mention how you are going to get in shape and you don’t set up a time frame to go along with it. You have to be specific with goals. A better resolution would be “I will get fit, starting January 2nd by working out 3-4 times a week, lifting weights, adding cardio and eating small nutritious meals with more lean protein and vegetables.
Resolve to eat better. Take a look at the way you are eating. If you have difficultly analyzing your habits, hire a person who is versed in diet and nutrition to help you formulate a plan. Over the holidays, you may be eating more than normal, as this is the season with the opportunity to eat poorly. A good way to keep from eating holiday junk food is to take nutritious snacks, like vegetables and fruits with you wherever you go. Be sure to eat small nutritious meals through out the day so your energy and metabolism stay elevated and you wont be tempted to overeat.
Resolve to exercise regularly. If you schedule your workout time and programs for the gym, you will less to miss a workout. If you are lost as to what to do, hire a personal trainer. A trainer will keep you accountable, motivated and push you harder than you would push yourself, getting better results – faster. If you want to see results, you have to eat well and exercise regularly to make positive changes to your body. When you see results, you will be driven to stick to your resolution. Visualize success, stay focused and determined, this just may be the year you keep your get-fit resolution and achieve the results you want!