Here at BJS we understand how tempting it is to make new year’s resolutions about fitness and wellness that come February or March will probably be a distant memory. The New Year is quick approaching, and instead of making new year’s resolution, I am challenging you to:
Commit to Being Fit Now & Into The Next Year!
Do you have a goal you have been hoping to achieve? Maybe run a 5k or half marathon, lose the lingering baby weight, eating better, lowering your blood pressure, modelling healthy living for your child or children, starting to de-stress, trying a new sport or activity or just generally being more healthy? Now is the time and this challenge is your motivation.
What does this commitment entail? Well, it is whatever you can honestly, realistically commit to doing to improve your health and wellness. Starting with realistic goals is really important for success.
Your Work Out Motivation, Here Is What I Suggest:
- Exercise 4 to 5 days per week. If you have not been active recently your 4 to 5 days per week might start at just a few minutes each day and increase as you become more healthy. Vary your workouts and try something new.
- Replace one guilty pleasure food with a healthier alternative each month. Take your time and work slowly and build momentum.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Again if you are not drinking much water now start to gradually increase your daily intake.
- Cut back on sugary drinks. Soda, juice, cocktails, fattening lattes or whatever your drink of choice might be. Cut back on it. It is empty calories and is keeping you from reaching your weight loss goals. Try drinking some green tea, sparkling water with fruit in it, or just good old water. If you need your caffeine to get moving than switch to tea.
- Make time to relax and have some peace and quiet at least 3 times per week. Read, take a bath, meditate, go out for a peaceful walk in nature, sit in total quiet and just do nothing.
- Spend time outside at least twice per week. This can be a few minutes or you can combine this and do you workout outside and do double duty!
- Try a new form of exercise. Push yourself to go beyond you comfort zone but do so in a safe way. Zumba sound like fun, maybe you want to train to do a run, there is a Qigong / Taiji class you have wanted to try, try out some jogging stroller exercises. Don’t injure yourself or go overboard.
- Stretch! Most people do not stretch enough. Take the time after each workout to stretch and keep your body healthy.
- Do something you love at least once a week. Do you love to be creative and making things, maybe you love taking a long hike, take a bubble bath, cook a big meal for your friends and family, etc. Being fit means both a physical and mental/emotional commitment to wellness so this last one is a committment to doing something just for the sake of the joy it brings you!
- If you need help staying motivated on track recruit a family member, friend, co-worker, etc to join you in the challenge.
I know this might seem like a lot to commit to for some of you. But, if you evaluate these suggestions you will find they are all very realistic and some of them can be combined to save time. Take it slowly and don’t get frustrated and give up if you have one bad day. Make yourself accountable by sharing your commitment with others so you can update them on your progress.
For others this may seem like not quite enough. You are free to do as much of each category as you like. This might just be your starting point.
Are you ready to commit? Are you ready to make next year, the year you take charge of your health and well-being? Are you ready to create a healthy lifestyle and habits and to ditch dieting for good? Do you want to feel great? Yes, I thought so! Please join me in making the next year our healthiest year yet!
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Commit To Being Fit Now & In The New Year!
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