Sticking With Your New Year’s Resolutions
We trust that your Holiday week was filled with fun and festivities! Now that the Holidays and all that comes along with it (goodies, parties, and drinks) have passed many of you are looking at keeping those New Year’s Resolutions.
We have all heard countless stories and read countless articles about the New Year being about the new YOU. Everybody makes that type of resolution in some shape or form but rarely do people follow through.
So, how can you stay committed?
Follow these five steps to staying committed in becoming a healthier you!
Designed by fitness expert Jillian Michaels
Change your mind:
The first step is having a better mental attitude. Jillian suggests that you have the power to change your life by changing your mindset. “We all have the ability to choose our paths, reach our goals and build exceptional lives. The challenge is believing you can.”
Set attainable goals:
Ask yourself what it your ultimate goal? Think about it and then break it down. Set short-term and long-term goals and create plans to achieve them. This can be achieved by setting a new exercise routine, learning new healthy recipes or mastering a new exercise move each week. Make your goals realistic, that way you will see the progress and be motivated. “Reward yourself in life-affirming ways—that means no food rewards! Treat yourself to a massage for killing it at the gym all week or splurge on a new workout outfit. Reaffirm your belief in yourself and your goals daily, and you will find yourself taking the active steps needed to achieve those goals.”
Set up a Support System:
Keep yourself accountable. It is important to build a healthy support system with friends and family. Share your goals and how you’re planning to accomplish them, says Jillian. “Lean on the people in your network when you feel discouraged or unmotivated, and celebrate with them when you hit a milestone.”
Make Healthier Choices:
Start out the new year by getting rid of all the holiday sweets and treats! Clean out your refrigerator and restock it with fresh foods, energy-boosting fruits and vegetables. “Plan out a few go-to healthy meals, then stock up on those ingredients, along with snack-size packages of nuts, baby carrots and organic yogurt for when you are on the run.”
Exercise is the best way to burn off the fat and calories. If you have not exercised in a long time, that is ok. Start with something small and work your way up. Start with a walk or jog and stick with it. “Find the activities that will burn the most calories. I’m a huge fan of circuit training because it simultaneously improves mobility, strength and stamina.”
Sticking with life-style changing resolutions is not easy but it is worth it. With the right mind-set, motivation and support-system you can and will get through it!
Do you have any other tips you would like to share? Comment below!To read the full-length article written by Jillian click here.