Well, it’s already November and 2019 is right around the corner. So you know what that means… it’s time for those dreaded New Years resolutions! Almost all of us do them. Almost all of us never follow through. But it’s the thought that counts right?! Well… not exactly, unfortunately.
Setting a New Years resolution doesn’t really mean much if we don’t actually stick to them. Results are important and it’s what we should strive for. But just because we may not have seen the desired results in the past doesn’t mean we’re lazy or unmotivated. What’s more likely, is that we’re just setting the wrong goals! So this time around, if fitness is the theme of your New Years resolution, stick to these simple tips to make sure you get the reasonable results you’re hoping for.
WAKE UP EARLIER!
OK… I know this is a hard one. Mornings are tough for a lot of us. But it’s all mental, people. You can wake up earlier if you really put your mind to it. And if you give yourself a little extra buffer time, you’ll be more likely to actually finish your morning workout. A lot of people will only give themselves exactly the amount of time they need to work out between waking up and walking out the door. But if you give yourself an extra 20-30 minutes to properly wake up, stretch your muscles, and mentally prepare for the day, then you’ll be much more likely to stick with your new morning workout routine.
EAT MORE FRUIT
So many Americans still consume way too much sugar on a daily basis. Yes, our bodies do need some sugar. But more often than not we’re all eating refined sugars that are terrible for us. But replacing all those sugary sweets with some delicious fruits is extremely easy! And fruit is just plain great. So making the choice to get more fruit in your diet is a no-brainer. Do it!
ROUTINE IS EVERYTHING
Speaking of routine… it’s very important! I know variety and spontaneity can be very fun and exciting, but if you don’t set a regular, daily routine, you’re drastically increasing your chances of bailing on your new workout plan by February 1st. And you can still mix it up! Just make sure you set your workout plan for the whole week every Sunday so you know what you’ll be doing each day. Then, come next Sunday, you can change it around as much as you like and keep things exciting! Best of both worlds.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY SOMETHING NEW
As I just suggested, routines are key to sticking with a workout plan, but switching it up on a somewhat regular basis can be huge too! Keeping yourself excited to workout and finding routines that are actually fun can make all the difference in the world. So try new things! Go to a class you’ve never done before. Try out that new fad workout with all the dancing. Or one of those cycling classes where the instructor just yells motivational stuff at you for 45 minutes. Mix. It. Up!
This is about as easy as it gets, folks. Not nearly enough of us walk as much as we should! There are so many things you do and places you go on a daily basis that you could easily walk to. More often than not it’s just a matter of taking 20 or 30 minutes to get there as opposed to 5 or 10. Really not a big deal if you’re sticking to your well-constructed routine we talked about earlier. And walking is great for you, by the way! So get out there and get those steps in.
TAKE UP MEDITATION… YOU’LL THANK ME LATER
It feels to call meditation a “fad,” but it sure seems to be taking off like one. More and more people I know are taking it up and screaming from the rooftops about how beneficial it is. And when you really think about it, it makes perfect sense. In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with pain and misery and disaster and impending doom. So we could all use a quick 30 minutes every day to shut our brains off and find a little peace and tranquility. It’s so, so easy and it can be so, so helpful to make it through each day and staying healthy.
DRINK MORE WATER!
This was one of my biggest health sins of my younger days. I never drank enough water. It’s too boring! I needed something with flavor. But – and I don’t know if you’ve heard this – it turns out your body needs water to keep you alive! And besides just literally surviving, drinking more water can do wonders for your skin and help you lose weight. So set whatever goals you need to, grab a cool, new water bottle, and drink up already!