Get Out, Get Fit
January 20, 2015
Keeping New Year’s resolutions all year round can be hard. Instead of looking at the next 365 days, try looking at the next 30. Not only is it more manageable to tackle a smaller amount of time, but the 30-day approach comes with a naturally built-in timeline to check in and track your progress.
With that “can do” mindset, let’s address common excuses that often thwart even the best intentions to achieving be a better you in 2015.
I’m too tired to work out.
Start with changing your diet. Cutting out processed foods and refined sugars will help to balance your metabolic rate, meaning you’ll have more energy to sustain you throughout the day — no sugar crashing in 2015.
Instead, incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables and superfoods into your diet. Superfoods like avocado, broccoli, spinach and sweet potato are nutrient rich and will satisfy you without loading on excess calories. You’ll notice that after 10 days of changing your diet, you’ll have more energy. Get outside and plant some of these superfoods in your garden for easy, fresh access.
Visit Eating Well for more superfoods, benefits and recipe ideas.
I can’t afford it.
Exercise doesn’t have to be expensive, especially when you have a yard and neighborhood just a few steps away. Give running or team sports a try.? Playing soccer or softball a few times a month is a great way to add lots of fun and plenty of cardio to your routine. There are also a variety of home exercise you can do with little or no equipment. Try these strength-building moves at home:
- Side Plank
- Mountain Climbers
- Lunge & Reverse Lunges
- Side Lunges
- Squat Jumps
Set a timer and create mini circuit routines for yourself a few times a week. For more at-home fitness ideas check out Ace Fitness.
I don't have time.
Shenanigans! There’s always time when it comes to your health. Work out in the morning and get it out of the way. According to the fitness organization, Spark People, learning to love the morning is vital, and here are a few reasons why:
Find more benefits to morning workouts here.
- Faster Metabolism. Morning exercise jump starts your metabolism for the entire day. Translation: you’ll continue to burn more calories all day long, even after your workout, all because you decided to take the initiative and get out of bed.
- More Energy. You’ll find you have more energy and more positive self-worth. The feeling of accomplishment will carry you throughout your day.
- More Brainpower. Jump starting your morning with a little cardio or strength training awakens your brain and lasts four to ten hours after your workout ends.
Healthier, stronger, faster and smarter. You’ve got nothing to lose, except all of the bad habits worth leaving behind.. Who needs a gym when you have the outdoors, a positive attitude and the desire to succeed? Cheers to achieving your fitness goals in 2015.