Every year at this time we all go to that place where we are trying to power through resolutions made just three short weeks ago. However, when me make resolutions that are too big, they quickly fade away because we tend to get overwhelmed and just quit. As an alternative, check out a few easy to keep resolutions:
Drink more water: Chances are, you don’t drink enough and increasing your H2o intake will bring measurable results. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults drink eight, 8 oz glasses of water. As a result, you could experience some weight loss, cleaner skin, reduced appetite and natural detox. If you’re like me, too much of a good thing can be monotonous so try adding some lemon juice, lemon oil or metabolic blend oil to your water for a little flavor.
Exercise more: Instead of giving yourself real specific fitness goals, instead, try to just exercise more. If you typically exercise twice per week, try going three times. Or, just plan more exercise into your daily routine more walking, using stairs instead of an elevator, more hiking, more biking.
Eat less sugar: The results are obvious….reduced sugar intake can result in weight loss, increased energy, less inflammation and increased emotional wellness. Instead of quitting cold turkey, try general reduction first and aim to cut sugar intake in half. Try sugar substitutes like natural sweeteners like agave and stevia.
Eat more fruits and vegetables: Eating more leafy, fresh foods in the form of fruits and vegetables can increase your metabolism, help you shed some extra pounds, aid in digestion and give you increased energy. Again, this can be an gradual increase of fresh foods by pairing just one fresh fruit or vegetable with each meal. Also, fruits make a great substitute for sugary dessert foods.
Eat whole grains: White bread is a staple of the American diet, however, there is very little nutritional value to eating white, refined grain bread products (including pasta). Decreasing white bread intake is easy if you find a good whole grain substitute to replace the white bread with. Eating more bread aids with digestion efficiency, increases energy and reduces cholesterol levels.
Be consistent: Don’t give up and as an aerobics instructor always tells me… “don’t stop moving.” Do something everyday to keep yourself on track and don’t get discouraged if you miss a day or two, just pick yourself back up and keep going.
Remember, you can take small, incremental steps daily to reach these goals and be successful. Plan ahead and be ready to do something everyday toward accomplishing your goals. Live happy, live well! Happy 2017!
Welcome 2015. Time again to think about what the new year will bring. Fitness goals seem to top most peoples lists of new years resolutions. I am no different, at this time of year I am always thinking about what I can do to become more fit. I am also a lover of lists, I am always making lists with bullet points, numbers and check boxes which really excites me. Lists allow me to organize and track my life; it also allows me to focus my research while preparing blog posts. Sooooo……here is the first list of the new year..here it goes….
Write down your workout – if you write it, you manifest and affirm it and you are creating your workout program. Don’t just write it once, write down what you plan to do every single week.
Mix up your workout routine – especially for cardio exercise. Doing this will help you to not plateau and will continually challenge your body.
Sleep – The U.S. is the most sleep deprived country on earth. Think of how healthy it is to sleep, so much occurs to our bodies during our sleep time, especially healing. Sleep is the best form of self care.
Change one thing about your diet – don’t make huge, sweeping resolutions to eliminate entire food groups, just start small, eliminate soda pop to start.
Exercise at least 20 minutes per day. You can always fit 20 minutes into a busy day. Getting up 20 minutes earlier to exercise is doable.
Focus on your gut – the best abs are created in the kitchen. Also include a probiotic into your food regimen
Drink more water – add your favorite citrus essential oil to 8 oz of water for a refreshing flavor that will help with detox. This is also a great way to wean from soda. Drink 1/2 of your weight in ounces everyday.
Eat a healthy breakfast that includes a protein. Breakfasts is still the most essential meal of the day, don’t skip it and be sure to add an egg or a good protein shake to the menu.
Always workout on Mondays. This will set the tone for the rest of the week.
Make your schedule more active. Go on active dates, have a meeting while walking, walk to lunch, take the stairs, go on a bike ride instead of watching t.v.
Try a new workout program – instead of going running, try Zumba
Let go of the past – if you didn’t meet your goals last year, it’s o.k. let it go and move forward!
Push yourself physically everyday – do one more pushup, run one more lap, add 5 lbs to your barbell.
Don’t overbook or over commit – make self care #1 and minimize the busyness in your day so you have time to get fit.
If you incorporate all 15 points into your fitness regimen, you will feel stronger, emotionally balanced and have increased energy during the up-and-coming year.