The “New Year’s Resolution Phenomenon” is quite interesting to watch. Especially from a fitness and nutrition perspective. We all know this is the time of year when gyms are completely packed, and grocery stores can’t keep up with the demand of “cleansing” products like cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon juice. Most of us look at the New Year as a fresh start. A time to make all those changes that we know need to happen all year long… but we keep putting off. Most of those changes often involve some kind of weight loss / healthy eating / exercising, which often translate into one thing: restriction. Which is why that long list of resolutions we make at the beginning of the year, will most likely be forgotten by February 1st.
A healthier lifestyle has somehow become a synonym of deprivation, almost punishment. What most people don’t understand is that improving your overall health can be much more simple and less painful than that. But it doesn’t happen overnight either! Literally jumping into the next fitness craze and starving yourself for 3 days, drinking some miraculous potion might work temporarily, but will never offer long lasting results. Yes, staying active is a must. 12 months a year! And when it comes to diet, little changes go a long way.
Here are a 3 simple tips to help you stick to those New Year’s resolutions:
1) Set realistic goals: going vegan overnight, giving carbs completely, running 10 miles when you haven’t exercised in months… Those all sound great, but chances are, you won’t stick to them. Set smaller goals and reach them one at a time. It might take a little longer, but you’ll have a better success rate. Slow and steady wins the race!
2) When it comes to diet, think outside the box: there are so many ways to make nutritious, good-for-you food appealing and delicious tasting. All you need is a little imagination… and a good internet connection!
3) When it comes to exercise, stick to what you like: Otherwise, you will give up in no time.. If you go to a fitness class and are truly miserable the entire time (not because it’s hard, but because it’s really not your thing), move on to something else. If you try running on the treadmill and every second feel like an hour, find a different machine. That’s ok.
Happy New Year!