With a new year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about resolutions. Some people want to accomplish more at work, while others want to strengthen their relationships. But most people have some type of fitness New Year’s resolutions that they keep tossing around in their heads. Who doesn’t want to be healthier and more physically fit? Instead of broad generalizations about increasing exercise or eating better, consider these five specific resolutions that will lead to a healthier, happier you.
Look for a Great Workout Partner
Accountability is one of the most important parts of fitness New Year’s resolutions. When no one else is looking, it’s easy to fall short of any goal. Consider searching for someone that has similar interests in fitness, or even similar resolutions. It helps to have a person that understands the challenges that come with getting fit, and doesn’t mind offering some much needed motivation when necessary. Instead of working out alone, bring along someone that will help keep those resolutions moving in the right direction.
Strive for Eight Hours of Sleep
It isn’t just about the amount of time spent at the gym that helps create a healthy lifestyle; there is evidence that suggests weight loss is tied to the amount of sleep you get every night. If you are falling short of eight hours, consider changing up the routine to ensure that more sleep is possible on a regular basis. After a hard workout, the body needs an opportunity to recover. Don’t cheat the body of these much needed hours.
Streamline Rest Periods
It’s tempting to chat with a friend in between different tasks. It can also be tempting to rush through a workout, quickly working through each set. But rest time is an important part of the process. Instead of taking too much time in between, or not taking enough of a break, consider keeping an eye on the clock to ensure consistency. Set a timer and use that throughout your workout to ensure the ideal time between reps.
Clean Out the Pantry
When hunger hits, the pantry is often the first place to get some attention. Filled with all sorts of processed foods and snacks, it can also be the place that causes some to fall short of their health goals. Consider a resolution to start the year by cleaning out the pantry. Get rid of foods that are processed and unhealthy. Then, while walking from aisle to aisle in the grocery store, don’t add any of these things to the cart. Instead, when the urge hits to add in a bag of candy, look for an alternative that is just as easy to eat and snack on, without the excess calories.
One of the most important resolutions for a healthier you actually has nothing to do with the amount of weights you lift or what you plan to have for dinner. In reality, you need to be able to visualize your success. Look at it as training your mind as well as your body. Before you go to sleep at night, take the time to visualize yourself succeeding. Spend ten minutes just seeing yourself complete a difficult workout or accomplishing one of your goals. Visualize yourself making and keeping these resolutions.