By Lizzie Myers
Happy New Year! On this last day of the year, now is the time to think back on the greatest moments of 2013 and look forward to an even happier 2014. For most people, personal health is a priority and there is always room for improvement. Whether it’s weight loss, heart health, or better sleep, it’s important to stick to your health resolutions. As the excitement of the New Year fizzles out, so will the crowd at the gym and the deals on health programs. The key is to keep your resolutions from fizzling too. How can you do this, you ask? Try these tips out!
Be Specific – Turn An Idea into an Achievable Action
While “lose weight” or “get more sleep each night” are great goals to set, they are far more difficult to accomplish in absence of a plan. Ask yourself: How exactly can I reach these results? For example, one might replace “get more sleep each night” with “lights out by 11pm every night” or “no electronics after 9pm.” With a concrete and reasonable approach in mind, a health resolution, and any resolution for that matter, becomes much more manageable.
Make it a Routine from the Get-Go
Everyone has some semblance of a routine in their life, no matter how disorganized you think you are. Many of us wake up, go to work, eat 3 meals per day, and go to sleep around the same time during the workweek. A daily routine depends on what an individual’s priorities are, and all secondary tasks are planned around that routine. For this reason, aim to make your resolution part of your daily routine, installing it as a mandatory part of your day. Want to lose weight? Throw a gym bag in your car before heading out the door and hit the gym after work. It will likely take some effort to initially create the habit, but come February, you’ll see that habit start to cement.
Sign Up for Something
If you’re one to get bored easily or lack motivation, make each workout feel like an adventure. Now is the time to sign up for nutrition programs or fitness classes, and try something new. With so many people resolving to improve their health, there are deals galore in the world of wellness at this time of year. Once you commit money towards one of these programs, it’ll be hard to let that go to waste!
From all of your friends at LifeVest, we wish you a healthy and happy New Year! Don’t be afraid to set goals. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. We’ll be here to help motivate you along the way.
By Lizzie Meyers
Perhaps you hit the gym every day and are always looking for new ways to improve your fitness regimen. On the other hand, maybe you can only find time for one gym trip per week, in which case it really has to count. Whatever your workout routine, there is always room for improvement. As the New Year approaches, use these tips to stay inspired and boost efficiency and endurance.
Weights then Cardio
If you already hit the weight room before the treadmill (or any other mode of cardio exercise), then you’re golden. Otherwise, try to switch it up. According to John Leyva of BuiltLean.com, starting with strength training rather than cardio provides numerous benefits. For example, you’ll have less risk of injury from pumping that iron due to the fatigue that often follows a sweat sesh on the treadmill. The switch-er-oo will allow for an easier feeling workout and more energized muscles to make the most of your strength-building routine.
Treadmill Runners: Use that Incline!
If you opt for the treadmill, a simple incline adjustment can work wonders. Boosting the incline just one level burns significantly more calories and is easier on the knees and shins. Adding hills will build muscle, too.
Make your Routine…erm…Less Routine
Do you tend to use the same machines and do the same weight exercises every time you work out? While routines can build consistency, it’s important to switch it up every so often. Trying different machines strengthens new muscles and prevents your body from easily adapting to the challenges that your regular machines provide.
Sweat + sacrifice = success. A boring routine needn’t fall into that equation. To enhance those trips to the gym, work these tips into your typical exercise schedule so you can make your workouts the best they can be!