Starting a new routine is a popular way to kick off the New Year but sticking to your new goals requires so much more than just a verbal commitment. Get in the habit of practicing these 8 keys to keeping up with your fitness resolutions before 2016 comes around and jump head-first into the new year motivated and prepared for success.
Can you get from New York to LA without a map? It’s possible, but not likely - and definitely not easy! To keep your New Year's Fitness resolutions on track, plan ahead! Knowing when you’re going to workout and what your going to eat on a daily basis can make all the difference. Also plan ahead for things like travel and parties so you’re prepared going in on how much you want to wiggle around your routine, if at all.
Track your progress
Keeping track of where you’ve been and where you’re going gives you ammunition for ever wanting to quit. Just when you think you’ve had enough of this health thing, or if you feel like you’ll never get to where you want to go, take a look at how far you’ve come already and be proud of what you’ve accomplished!
Looking good and feeling good starts with hydration. Drinking plenty of water helps you avoid eating extra calories, can burn more brown fat (visceral), while energizing your muscles and keeping your complexion looking fresh. Staying hydrated also means that your digestive system can work properly to eliminate toxins from your body and keep you slim and toned. Aim for about 1 ounce per pound of body weight, or at least 1 gallon of filtered water each day.
Eat for your goals
Your grandmother and mother said it and I’m saying it too… Eat your fruits and veggies! There are endless combinations of micronutrients available that change from season to season. So there is never a reason to get bored! They also add beautiful color and texture to dishes of all kinds, are lower in calories than other macro-nutrients and contain vital nutrients that we need to thrive!
You don’t need a fancy gym to get your sweat on! You can workout in your own home if that is what it takes to get you going. Try to sweat at least 3-4 days a week. This ensure that your heart and lungs are being strengthened in addition to working out unwanted stress and tension in the body on a regular basis so you progress quicker towards your goals.
Talk about it
Call your mom, your brother, your best friend and doctor. Tell people who are important to you about your health and wellness goals so that you have a team of people rooting you on! Ask for accountability partners from your family or coaches so that you have someone to lean on when you’re second guessing the motivation behind getting and staying the healthiest version of you.
Eliminate Toxic things and people
Think about how people would protect themselves from toxic waste and spillage and take that approach with negativity in your life. It could be a relationship that isn’t adding quality to your life, a friend that wants to help blow your new health goals or an addiction that you know is causing you harm. Find one thing that isn’t adding value to your life and eliminate it. You might be surprised at what can come into that empty space!
Reward yourself with time
With all of the distractions and stresses of daily life, it is important to turn inward and pamper yourself in a quiet place. After a full week of hitting your New Year fitness goals, relax! Take a bubble bath, go to the movies or go get your nails done. Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but can refresh you body, mind and soul and make getting back to it the next week that much more doable.
The most important thing to remember in keeping to your New Year's goals is to simply keep moving forward. Striving for progress rather than perfection can help you stay present day to day which will pay off long term when you reap the benefits of completing your resolution!