(Re)New Year Resolutions

It’s that time. The time when the gym starts emptying out again. When you start giving into your cravings. When all those things that seemed so important January 1st don’t seem worth the effort anymore.

But now is not the time to give up.

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Was your goal fitness related? Finding it hard to get motivate to work out after a long day? Try morning workouts. It will boost your metabolism, give you more energy throughout the day and get it out of the way so you can enjoy your evenings. If that idea makes you cringe, try at least getting up 30 minutes earlier. It won’t  ruin your sleep, but can provide you time to squeeze in a 3 mile run or a quick HIIT workout to start your day off.  Still can’t do that? Try doing squats while you brush your teeth or take 1 minute to do 10 pushups and 10 sit-ups.

Is working out cutting into your social life? Find people who support your changing lifestyle and try new ways of socializing.  Bring a friend to a group exercise class. Instead of meeting to catch up over drinks, go for a walk, a hike or a bike ride. Guarantee you’ll relieve stress and feel better that you did something to achieve your goals.

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Was your resolution diet related? The biggest thing to remember is “By failing to prepare, you plan to fail”. Take the time to have healthy snacks in your fridge to avoid mindless snacking. Prepare healthy meals that you can take with you on the go. Eat out a lot? Try to pick restaurants that have healthier options and avoid appetizers and alcohol. Once again, try to surround yourself with people who are supportive of the changes you are trying to make. Making dinner can be a fun and healthy way to hang out with friends and you have complete control over how healthy the meal is you’re making.

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Was your resolution non-health related? Get better grades? Be a better friend/mother/father/daughter/son? Read more? Watch less TV? Finally apply for your dream job?

No matter what your goal, make sure you set attainable benchmarks where you can measure your progress in small steps so you don’t get discouraged. Image

Whatever you wanted to improve upon this year, keep going!

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