By: Barb Gormley
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, you’re either a zealous advocate or a staunch non-believer. For the most part, whether it’s the start of a fresh week or of a new year, people like to take the opportunity to make a healthy change. As a fitness pro, I’m all for anything that might help my clients develop healthier habits.
When choosing a New Year’s resolution, my advice is to beware of becoming overwhelmed by a large goal and getting caught up in the “resolution excitement.” Instead, take some of these steps to make your new-and-improved habits stick.
Consider these stick-to-it tips:
- Plug in! Personal fitness trackers give a flood of data about how often you move, how far you go, how well you sleep and much more. Investing as little as $20 in a step-counting pedometer or over $100 in a snazzier device is one of the most motivating ways to get moving. With the help of these gadgets, you’re no longer on your own or at the mercy of an unreliable buddy for your health goals. It’s easy to check in on your progress with your device.
- Go shopping! My clients thank me all the time for insisting that they hit the mall before tackling a fitness goal. Without the right clothes, a supportive sports bra and great shoes, you’re guaranteed to be soggy and uncomfortable while exercising. But pull on the right gear, and you’ll feel like a winner from day one!
- Think small. Start with baby steps in order to achieve a larger goal. If you have 60 pounds to lose, begin with tackling five. If you plan to be vegetarian, replace your weekly burger with chicken, fish or a salad before plunging into a world of all tofu and tempeh. Make it easy on yourself by celebrating small wins along the way.
- Get a grip. If you fall off the wagon on the road to achieving your goal, don’t panic – just jump back on! After all, you wouldn’t let a flat tire or bad weather on any other journey force you to turn back home, would you? Analyze what happened, and fix it. Ways to get back on track include: find a workout buddy, download motivating tunes, sign up for a class, join a running group, schedule your workouts like appointments, join an online support forum or reward yourself for reaching each small milestone. Find what works for you to be successful.
Wishing you all health and success in 2014!
FILActive Expert Barb Gormley is a certified personal trainer and a freelance health and fitness writer. Contact her at www.barbgormley.com
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