Fitness Resolutions – Tips of the Trade

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With the beginning of the year comes the ever-looming fitness resolutions. “I’m going to get up early 5 days a week and do a spin class.” “I’m going to run a marathon in June.” “I’m going to change everything I eat to conform to the ideal ‘healthy’ foods.” “I’m going to do ALL THE THINGS.”

Here’s a few tips to keep your work out resolution:

  1. Keep them obtainable. Don’t try to change everything at once. If you don’t get up early on a regular basis, don’t say you’re going to get up early to do something you already don’t. This gives you an out. Whelp, I didn’t get up at the butt-crack of dawn, so now I can’t work out today. Instead: Find time in your schedule that you already have open. If you have time open from 4-6pm, this is when you should work out. Your open time may be different from day-to-day and this is totally ok.
  2. Too much too soon. This is one that I’m definitely guilty of. I think I’m invincible or trying to make up for lost time, so I spend waaay to much time at the gym and do waay too much work and add waay too much weight. All this is going to do is hurt you. You could seriously injure yourself. The next day you’ll be all sore and think Whelp, that was painful and I’m never doing that again. so you stop. Instead: if you don’t know what you’re doing, ask someone. There’s probably trainers walking around willing to help – it’s their job. Scared of trainers? Ask someone using the machine. I’ve met several people by asking how to do whatever or being asked how to do a certain stretch.
  3. Mix it up. If you don’t mix it up, you’re going to get bored and not want to go anymore. Take a fun class. Run on the elliptical. Lift some weights. Have fun! Get creative!
  4. Find a friend. I’m sure this has been said many times in many different ways, but it really does help. My ultra-skinny-vegan-runs-for-fun friend/roommate and I make each other go. If we’re both home and the one is going to the gym, the other goes too. This pushes you to go – no excuses – and it eases your anxiety (my anxiety) about going to the gym.
  5. Find a gym that fits what you want. If you have a bad knee or bad back, but still want to get fit, maybe find a gym that has a pool. If you are only interested in running, find a gym with a track. If you want to work out right before work, find a gym with a shower. Find one that fits your needs.

Here’s a few tips to keep your eating right resolution:

  1. If you don’t like kale, don’t eat kale. Just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat it. If you don’t like something, don’t force yourself to eat it. Cuz you won’t. You’ll cheat. Your resolution will be broken
  2. Find recipes that sound delish. (I only use ones that have pictures… Pictures worth a thousand words… and tastebuds.) There are a TON of food blogs, recipe books, and friends willing to share out there in the world. Poke around. Incorporate your favorite foods into a new, healthy lifestyle.
  3. Don’t get bogged down by people’s comments. Rabbit food. This would be great if it had more cheese. This would be great if it was ground beef and not turkey. This isn’t for them, this is for you. You’re not eating better for them; you’re eating better for you. There’s a huge community that’s willing to cheer you on.
  4. Connect with others that have the same goal as you. (See the previous tips.)
  5. Don’t try to change everything at once. If you’re used to drinking three Cokes a day, you can’t stop it cold turkey. Couple reasons (speaking from experience): You’ll have a caffeine withdrawal – not fun. You’ll crave it. Instead: Replace one a day, with a bottle of water. Just one change will make a huge result.
  6. Moderation. Everything in moderation – including moderation. Some people have cheat meals and some people have cheat days. They aren’t really cheating, they’re treating. You can have pizza and a burger and fries. You just can’t do it for every meal. Much fair. Much easy.

These are just a few tips on how to keep your goals going. There are soooo many out there. Some will work for you and some won’t.

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips that have absolutely worked for you (new or in this list). What are some that didn’t work for you?

Little bit of a different kind of post today. Hope you enjoyed and I really hope this helped you!

Until next time! Turn on your beastie mode!

PS. If you’ve already “broken” your resolution, you can start over. The whole year isn’t wasted. Think of them as goals, not resolutions. You got this! This is your year. ❤

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