So, the New Year is quickly approaching and (like many others) your resolution for 2015 is to get in shape. That's great, because really, what's more important than your health and wellbeing?
What I should tell you first, though, is that you don’t need to wait until January 1 to start living a healthier life. Now is as good a time as any to get started.
But, on the other hand, I will also disclose that it’s perfectly OK if you decide that it’s best to wait until the calendar page turns and you can start with a so called “clean slate.” As I’ve previously pointed out, there’s nothing wrong with kicking your feet up, treating yourself to the joys of the holiday season and putting a few fitness goals on hold until after we ring in the New Year.
Whichever route you choose, just make sure that you have a solid plan before you even think about getting started.
Then, once you’ve got your resolution and the specifics of your fitness goals for the year set in stone, you can incorporate the following health and fitness tips into your plan.
Experts Nicole DeBoom, founder and CEO of SkirtSports and pro triathlete, Jennifer Moore, certified holistic health coach and creator of HealthCoachandCook.com and Ashley Pitt, NESTA certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and creator of A Lady Goes West all weighed in to share their advice for getting fit in the new year.
Here are a few tips they say you can use to help make 2015 you’re fittest year yet.
Write it down.
DeBoom says that the first step you should take towards reaching any goal is to understand what your goal is. When it comes to exercise, not only should you set an intention by writing down your goal, but also an exercise plan for the week. “Every Sunday, write down your workout intentions for the week,” says DeBoom. Setting it in ink and having a clear-cut plan will increase your sense of accountability and you’ll be less likely to skip out or make up an illegitimate excuse.
Vary your workouts.
This tip from DeBoom is simple. Basically, don’t do the same thing every day, and even switch your routine up from week to week, too. “The fast track to burnout and injury is to do the same workout every day,” she said.