Simple Tips for Staying Fit in the New Year
For many of us a new year represents a fresh start. A fresh start to recommit to past goals or to lay the groundwork for something new. Many of these goals will be health and fitness related and others will incorporate lifestyle changes to promote balance and overall health. Despite good intentions, the majority of people will fall short and abandon new year goals and resolutions fairly quickly into the new year. Here are a few tips to help you stay fit in the new year.
Resolves are stronger at the start of the new year making it easier to jump into the deep end of transformative acts. What do I mean by this? In 2018 you may be super excited about joining a gym and hiring on a personal trainer to help you meet your fitness goals. In theory, this is a good idea but in practice not so much. If you are not already an active person that can benefit from all the bells and whistles of a gym membership, chances are you will most likely join – go – become overwhelmed and then never go back. Sounds familiar? Instead of flushing that membership fee down the drain, consider adding a few simple fitness regiments to your day to day that will help ease you into fitness and help you become more accustomed to exercise in your day to day.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Take a stroll through your neighborhood or down the road and back. Map out a 1 mile path and set a goal for how many times a week you want to commit to your leisurely walk. When you feel comfortable to explore a longer path, add another ½ mile, and then another. Before you know it, your walks will feel easy breezy giving you the confidence to upgrade to a slow paced jog, and then the eventual run. Who knows perhaps within a year’s time you’ll be signing up for the Annual Chevron Marathon.
Focus on Core
‘Core’ and ‘core workouts’ are words that get tossed around a lot but they are in fact important. Your core is the body’s center of gravity and where all movements of the body begin. Consider that all movements you make, extending your hand or taking a step all begins at your core. Core workouts and fitness exercises serve to strengthen the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abs to create balance and stability for any and all physical activities.
Did you know a common side effect of a weak core is lower back pain? Building core strength will help bring balance to the front and back of the body, especially if you are someone who sits at a desk or computer all day. Strengthen your core by performing one of these three simple 1 minute exercises daily.
Find an accountability buddy
The time will come when you’ll want to put off your walk or your plank or simply stay in and not go on that run. Share your goals with your significant other, your best friend … and even your mother (if need be) to create a support and accountability system. Sometimes you’ll need the push to stick with it and you’ll be glad you implemented a system when you’re well into creating new sustainable fitness habits in the new year.