Welcome to 2016 and another round of New Year’s Resolutions!! We at Molly Brown’s are expecting a great year in 2016 and wish you the best as you move forward with your goals. One of the most common resolutions every year is to become healthier and more fit. The mass exodus into every health club across the nation is proof of that. Look again in February. The number of people on the exercise floor will be considerably less. To help with your fitness goals, we have come up with a few tips to help you succeed.
1. Set realistic goals – Start small. Setting a goal to run a marathon is admirable, but is it realistic? Set short term goals that build up to you final goal. Maybe setting a goal of running a 5k is more attainable early on. You can then work up to a 10k, a half marathon, and eventually the marathon doesn’t seem so far out of reach.
2. Have a plan – Know what your ultimate goal(s) is and plan your new lifestyle around it. Getting fit, eating healthier, or losing weight requires work on your part. Plan out your meals. Decide what days you are exercising and what type of activity you are going to do. Determine how important that night out on the town really is.
3. Talk about it – Let your family and friends know what your goals are and why. They will be your best support group and hopefully motivate and support you as you move towards your goal.
4. Reward yourself – Making a lifestyle change shouldn’t be all work and no fun. Reward yourself as you reach short term goals. Buy yourself a new outfit, take in a movie with friends or have that dessert at dinner on Saturday night.
5. Track your progress – Keeping a workout and/or meal journal is a great way to track your progress. It allows you to see the improvements you are making as you move forward. It also helps focus on the end result. Instead of focusing on the total weight loss goal, focus on the five pounds you just lost. Congratulate yourself and move on to the next five.
6. Don’t beat yourself up – Realize that bad days happen. You may miss a workout or eat an unhealthy meal. It happens to the best of us. The important thing is to recognize it’s going to happen, forgive yourself and move on to the next day. Recommit yourself to the next 24 hours, then the next 24, then the next. One day at a time is the goal.
7. Stick to it – Studies have shown that it takes 21 days for a new activity to become habit and 6 months to become apart of your personality. All previous steps should help you reach step seven. Again, one day at a time.
8. Keep up the good work – The old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day” falls into play here. We didn’t get in the position we are in overnight, so you can’t expect change to happen overnight. Everyday should lead to the next. Try a new activity, or sport, or fitness trend. Try new ways of cooking your favorite foods. Stay away from weight loss pills and diet fads. Healthy eating and exercise are the ways to go.
Coach Greg Glassman, Crossfit Founder and CEO put being fit into his words. Parts of his quote include the following: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep food intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts, master the basics of gymnastics, bike, run, row, etc. Mix these elements into as many combinations as possible. Routine is the enemy.”
Now, are we recommending you to follow all of these guidelines? Absolutely not. However, everyone can take a little something from this excerpt and adopt it into their lifestyle changes. Remember, the ultimate goal is a lifestyle change of getting fitter which leads to a healthier you and a happier you.
*A special congratulations to our December Instagram #MBwishyouwerehere contest winner, Lara Reeves, who receives a$50 gift card from Molly Brown’s. We also think she is great inspiration for living the fit lifestyle.