New year = new health?
It’s the number one New Year’s resolution, in all it’s various forms: ‘lose weight’, ‘get in shape’, ‘make healthy choices’, ‘eat well’. Sometimes it can be so automatic that we don’t ever stop to consider what we really want or need.
If you have genuine health issues that could be helped by increasing your strength and fitness, then today is a fantastic time to start making changes to your daily routine. Seek a doctors advice prior to starting a new diet or fitness plan – but start making plans towards wellness right now, don’t delay it.
If you are already a fit, healthy person with no immediate health concerns, working out twice a day, sevens days a week is probably excessive (unless you have elite sporting or athletic goals that require this sort of training).
There’s no need to approach your new fitness goals with strict, military style. Schedule an achievable amount of exercise; if you have a busy schedule, perhaps a lunchtime cardio class every dayis unrealistic. You’ll only be setting yourself up for feelings of guilt if a meeting runs over time, or you need to run other errands on your lunch break instead. Know that you can make up your exercise at other times, and relax. Remember that missing a session doesn’t make you less of a person – lazy, uncommitted or ‘instantly overweight’. This sort of thinking leads to feelings of anxiety toward exercise, meaning that it will get harder and harder to get started or keep going. Be reasonable, balanced and positive,
Exercise doesn’t have to cost the Earth. Don’t spend large sums of money on something if you’re (realistically) unlikely to use it for more than a month – think carefully about how suitable your new plan actually is to your lifestyle and other commitments, or whether you even enjoy what you’re about to sign up for; in some circumstances you’ll be locked in for a certain time so don’t let your hard earned cash go to waste. This doesn’t mean you have to go running by yourself every day to save dollars. If you want an ‘environment’ (to be surrounded by fit, healthy people – to be motivated by those around you), think outside the box. You can drop in to boot camps, sporting squads and dance classes without a 12 month commitment. Community groups will often be no cost at all, so check local notice boards or social media pages for mothers groups, walking groups or free yoga in the park.
BE THE EXAMPLE
Remember that a weight loss goal should only be set so you can enhance your quality of life. You may indeed need to lose weight to, for example, ease the strain on your heart or your joints (contributing to your longevity). If you are a healthy person, don’t get hung up on trimming down to a ‘magic number’ (mainly because this can be an inaccurate reflection of your body composition), and instead focus on having a strong, healthy body so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. Be the voice of reason in a body focussed society, especially where children are concerned, and promote a happy, healthy relationship with your body.