8 Fitness New Year's Resolutions
Survived the holiday feasting season? If you are reading this article, you probably did enjoy the most awesome, crazy and magical time of the year, but also pigged out over the holidays, eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow.
But now that tomorrow came you are left with your Fitness New Year's Resolutions and a hope that those easy changes for a fitter life won’t be promptly forgotten within a month.
The trick? Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Setting unrealistic goals will only leave you disappointed and, often, with a forgotten resolution by the time February rolls around.
Ahead are 8 manageable and motivating fitness resolutions for 2018 that will lead you to a happier life and a healthier body and brain. These small steps that anyone can accomplish will take you to your final goal in a smooth, natural way.
Move your body anytime you have a chance to in any way that feels good. Incorporate movement in your everyday routine. It doesn't matter how you move; all that matters is that you move! You can try to set a time to exercise with friends, colleagues or family.
Take breaks in between to help get in the 30 mins that you might not have time for later in the day. Try practicing this routine for a couple of weeks, and after a while it will become more habitual.
Join a Gym or Health Club
Join the closest gym or health club if you are really dedicated to fighting that bulk. Choose your most suitable membership program and start working on improving both your health and your body shape!
Download an App
Fitness apps are ideal assistants for workout and weight-loss because they can be awesome reminders to encourage you getting you out the door.
Fitness apps are quite personal and can be great tracking tools where you are able to log your workout sessions, count calories, and collect stats about walks or runs to see overtime how you are improving. Some of them are working like coaching apps and put you in touch with a personal trainer or nutritionist, and some combine all of the things above.
Find Time for Relaxation
Take just 10 minutes each day to meditate. If you want to live a long and healthy life, don’t overdo with the workout. Resting from exercise can be beneficial if you want to avoid illness, and daily meditation practice is perfect for a healthy body and mind.
The Power of Fiber
Should we remind you that diets which are based on starving simply don't work? They are a temporary solution to a lifelong problem.
On the other hand the more fiber a food contains, the fewer calories it packs.
There are 2 types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber cleans out the digestive tract, while the soluble absorbs moisture, providing bulk in the stomach while making you feel fuller after eating. This being said, eating food rich in fiber will always make you feel more full and energized, without overwhelming your body with too many calories.
Get More Sleep
You probably already know that quality shut-eye can do wonders for your mood and appearance. But did you know that it also affects our health? There is an existing evidence for a link between short sleep and increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Try and go to bed at the same time every day, shut off your phone, burn scented candles, or relax with some essential oils to ease you into bed.
Replacing Bad Habits with Healthy Ones
The hardest resolution of all is probably quitting drinking or smoking. You tried so many times before, and the the fear that you’ll fail again is stronger than the dedication to try harder? Don’t lose hope, multiple attempts are often the path to success. Try a different method this time (and don't forget to remind yourself of the amount of cash you’ll save).
Indulge with New Activewear
Nothing can motivate you to appreciate the parts of your body that you love more than a pair of new leggings, sports bra or comfy sneakers.
Body-positive reminders and self-love should be at the top of your resolution list. On days when your confidence is in the gutter, treat yourself with a pair of leggings in a new unique print like skulls and roses, or sugar skull leggings, or just renew your classic black leggings.
And always remember that your body is capable of anything, as long as the dedication is strong and the mind focused. Happy New Year!
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