Make a resolution for the new year that benefits your mind and body; set fitness goals for 2013.
Physical fitness should be a priority for everyone but, unfortunately, many people abandon fitness resolutions after a short time. If you make goals that fit your life, you will be more likely to stick with it.
- Balance your numbers. Visit the doctor to get your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and other important health data. Then set goals with your doctor for ideal numbers.
- Change your diet. Eating right can give you more energy to exercise and make your workouts more effective. Eating a balanced diet of produce, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy will ensure your body is in top shape.
- Schedule time. Meetings, socials events, and other appointments go right into your calendar. So should workout time. Morning often works best since unexpected obligations rarely occur at 5 am.
- Team up. Your local gym may offer a free trial that might even include a session with a personal trainer. Having a professional help you establish your routine is very helpful, even if you continue on your own. Join a class or get a group together to help motivate you.
- Mix it up. Don’t do the same workout every day. Alternate cardio with strength training and try different activities. Running, biking, swimming, and dancing are a good start.
- Start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself with intense goals. Start working out 3 times a week for an hour. You can build up as you get comfortable.
- Set specific goals. Don’t just aim to lose weight. Set time goals for running or weight goals for lifting so you can see your gradual improvement. You can even just aim to do more push-ups or sit-ups each day.
Our online health library also has great tips on how to fit exercise into your life, working out with a partner, and setting fitness goals. If you have any other questions or would like a physician referral, please call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5122.