January 1st brings promises of a new year, new memories, and new beginnings. It’s totally natural to want to get healthy when the new year starts, and why shouldn’t you?! 2015 can definitely be the year of the new healthy YOU! The first three weeks of January in any gym are absolutely jam packed with resolution-ers, but then they slowly start to dissipate and go back to their old unhealthy ways. How can we avoid that from happening?? It’s all about making a realistic and personalized plan and STICKING to it!! :)
I’m headed to the tropics for my birthday this year, and I thoroughly plan on looking like a BEAST on the beach! I have three months, and believe you me, I’m ready for the challenge.
Use any of my ideas to inspire your own health plan, or leave comments below on any tips you have to get in shape!
1) Set an achievable goal
As a classroom teacher, I always preach to my students to set goals that are obtainable, reasonable, and measurable. Our fitness goals should be the same! Be specific about your goals, and write them down so they become concrete and real.
Not great: I want to go to the gym more often.
Better: I will go to the gym 4 times a week.
Set yourself up for success with specific fitness goals that help keep you accountable, and allow you to celebrate small wins!
MY FITNESS GOALS: I want to be able to do 50 push-ups without an extended break, run a 10-minute mile, and attend Pilates/Yoga classes 4 times a week.
2) Make green smoothies
The saying “abs are made in the kitchen” isn’t some conspiracy against you, it’s true! This is probably the hardest part for me personally but gotta start to cut out the sweets, refined foods, and some carbs on a consistent basis if I want to see serious changes. I have a green smoothie every morning because it’s a great way to check off vegetables and vitamins first thing in the morning. They fill me up, and instead of depriving myself of things throughout the day, I add in wheat germ or flax seed to my smoothie to make my morning even healthier.
MY FAVORITE GREEN SMOOTHIE: Mango Avocado Smoothie
3) Buy new stuff
Seriously! What better way to get motivated than new workout shoes, a new blender for smoothies, a cool pedometer or a fresh pair of yoga pants? Simple idea, but it works. I am totally into Kate Hudson’s new workout gear, Fabletics.
MY NEW YOGA PANTS: DASH $25
4) Do FUN workouts!
Running sucks, people. God bless those of you who can just run for an hour, but I am not one of them. Dance, do Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, hike, bike, whatever it takes to get moving. I personally think that Pilates is the most fun workout I’ve ever done. It’s like a fast-paced Yoga with all of the flexibility benefits and a cardio burn. I see the fastest results from dancing, though. Any dance or Zumba class that your gym may provide, snag a spot ASAP!
MY FUN WORKOUTS: Pilates, Zumba, and biking
5) Reward yourself in creative ways
I’m a big believer in rewarding myself, even for small gains! Who cares, you only live once (is that a saying already?)If I meet my weekly goal, I may treat myself with a pair of shoes or that new scarf I wanted, or if I ate clean all week, I may…. continue to eat clean! (That was a trick question, there is no such thing as a “cheat day” if I wanna look good!) No, but seriously, give yourself a pat on the back, post your achievement on Facebook, have a glass of wine, or do your happy dance, whatever it takes to keep yourself motivated and celebrating wins. Click here for some ideas!
MY FAVORITE WAY TO REWARD: Get a pedicure :)
6) It’s ok to start SMALL
If you start big with your New Year’s goals, you have the possibility of burning yourself out in just a few short weeks. Try substituting your morning frappuccino with a cup of plain black coffee, or decide to walk around the block three times after dinner. Small differences can go a long way, and are more sustainable and less overwhelming than promising to rip two hours at the gym everyday.
What tips will you use to get in shape this year??