So we’re done with the second full week of January. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? I know so many people with health-related goals. Some are trying to lose weight, some are trying to gain muscle, some want to complete a marathon and others are trying to cut down on the sugar.
Me? I am trying to focus on my stretching and flexibility. I tend to spend a lot of time lifting weights and doing cardio, but rarely do I fit in a stretch. Sure, I’ve attended the occasional pilates and yoga class (click here to read my pilates review and here for my yoga review), but after a whole class of not being able to reach my toes, I quit.
Whatever your health resolutions are, here are some tips to help your reach your goal and become a healthier you in 2013!
- Make Specific Goals – Being specific in your goals will help you focus on what you really want. This will keep you motivated and you’ll feel an amazing sense of accomplishment once you complete what you’ve planned to do. If you’re trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, how many will you eat per day or per meal? If you want to go to the gym more often, how many times a week will you go?
- Have a Workout/Meal Plan – Whether you have fitness or nutrition goals, you need to have a plan. This will help you stick with your resolution, even when times are challenging. If you want to complete a marathon, you’re going to need to figure out how many weeks or months you’ll train for and how far you’ll run each week. If you want to cut down on your sugar intake, figure out what you could eat when you have that 10 p.m. ice cream craving. Maybe an apple or almond butter on toast!
- Time Management – I’ve noticed the gym tends to die down around the time of midterms. Before school gets crazy busy, start practicing your time management. Maybe you have an hour gap between classes – hit up the 45 minute lunch cycle class! Or if you’ve only got 30 minutes for a quick workout, do some research on quick and effective HIIT workouts. Learn what fits in your schedule and try to fit in exercise, even on your busiest days! Your mind and body will thank you.
- Make it Fun – If you have a goal but are dreading the process, you probably won’t make it. And if you do, you won’t want to continue. Health is fun! You can bring a friend to a group fitness class. You can have a healthy recipe night with your roommates. Get out and enjoy the fresh air on a warm day. Enjoy 2013 and let it be your healthiest, happiest year yet!