If you are going to set some New Year’s Resolutions, here are a few helpful tips to get you on your way to feeling your very best in 2013!
*Set specific, attainable goals: Instead of focusing on getting skinny, focus on building strength and endurance so you can try something adventurous like a mud run, a 20 mile charity bike ride or trapeze! Measure your weight in how your clothes fit and if they feel a bit snug, set small goals to help you drop a pant size in a reasonable amount of time. Just shave 100-200 calories a day from your diet (one piece of bread & glass of wine) and be active in order to lose a few pounds every week or two. The slower you go, the longer it lasts; and, it’s about finding something you can maintain as a lifestyle. Setting realistic goals will help you strengthen your body without weakening your spirit.
*Increase your well-being with simple positive activities: Focus on your overall well-being by adding little positive activities to your daily routine so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Move more, try new fitness routines or workouts until you click with one your really enjoy and can’t live without, try a new healthy recipe or dish once a week, meditate for just 5 minutes a day and practice yoga to center yourself and recharge your spirit.
*Create a fitness game plan with milestones: If you create a detailed fitness plan outlining your goals, workout schedule and specific dates for when you want to see and feel results, you’ll set yourself up for success instead of failure, frustration or disappointment. Knowing when you are working out each week keeps you focused on fitting in to your favorite bikini by spring break and you’re more likely to stay on track.
*Make yourself accountable: Tell your friends and family or start a blog outlining what you want to accomplish. Post your goals on your FB page or twitter or email loved ones as you progress so they can cheer you on, support you when you need help and celebrate with you when you reach your goals. When you tell others about your fitness goals, you’re more likely to stay motivated and take personal responsibility to stick with your program and succeed.
*Don’t do it alone: Organize your friends, family, co-workers, anyone you can think of to commit to living a healthier lifestyle and sticking with a fitness program with you. I love my yoga community, I notice how everyone inspires each other to continue to show up and share the endorphin flow with each other. It becomes a fun social activity as well. Getting fit feels so much easier and more fun and you’re less likely to quit or overindulge when others are supportive and also maintaining healthy habits. Create workout dates with friends or your loved ones, trade healthy delicious nutritious recipes with each other and send fitness tips or share workout DVDs with one another.
*Reward yourself when you reach goals: It’s so much easier to get through a challenging chore when you know there will be a reward at the end of it! Decide on a specific incentive for yourself once you reach each fitness goal and visualize it throughout the process. Once you reach your goal, fitting in to a new dress size, running a 5K, lifting heavier weights, packing a healthy lunch for work all week, reward yourself with a massage, manicure/pedicure, a new outfit, a play you’re dying to see or a new cast iron skillet. Be creative with your rewards and make sure to include a small reward every single day for yourself, even if it’s just writing in your journal and praising yourself for all of your hard work.