If you’re anything like me, your health may have gotten a little off track during the holiday season. It’s pretty much inevitable between Thanksgiving and New Years’ Day that I’m going to eat more and move less. The busyness of the holiday season is wonderful… and frankly, no pair of skinny jeans is worth missing out on some of the “cheer” of the holidays! That being said – New Years’ Resolutions become absolutely necessary for me, and it’s best to go in with a game plan. Here’s a few ideas I use to find your motivation and stick to your health and fitness goals!
1. Find Your Why
Do you want to be more active to keep up with your constantly-moving littles? Perhaps you want to model a healthy lifestyle for them. Maybe it is crucial for your (and their) mental well-being that you are healthy. Or maybe you just really want to wear your favorite dress again… I personally have to use events or goal dates to keep my focus. My most recent goal is based around turning 30 in 3 months! EEK!
Whatever your reason is, write it down and put it somewhere that you will see it every day. And remember – goals should be fluid. If that moment you were preparing for passes (like a vacation or reunion) – find a new reason. Your health is a marathon, not a sprint!
2. Drink Water
Water is our life source! It is absolutely crucial that we drink enough water to be healthy. A general rule of thumb is to divide your current weight in half and drink that number in ounces each day. By the way – not sure if you noticed – but our town has DELICIOUS water! The Marshalltown Water Works envelope even says “Best tasting water in Iowa 2008, 2009, 2016.” Go us! And if that deliciousness isn’t enough, you can always throw in fresh fruit or herbs if you need to change it up a bit, too.
3. Move More
Though it may seem like your options are limited when it’s cold outside, you just need to find what works for you and your lifestyle. Don’t try to make yourself do something that you hate because, trust me, you won’t stick with it! (For example, as much as I wish I was… I am not a runner and will never be a runner!) Whether you prefer free weights and machines, or a group fitness class, there are plenty of great options here in Marshalltown!
It’s also fun to involve your kiddos at home: my son and I like to run laps around the dining room table, take turns on a mini trampoline, try some yoga moves on YouTube, and have spontaneous dance parties together, to name a few. Being active can be FUN and that is such an important lesson to teach them early on!
4. Make a Plan
You’ve probably heard this before, but “failing to plan is planning to fail.” It’s best to plan ahead for your meals and workouts. One of my resolutions this year is to be scheduled not strict. For me, that looks like planning out a week’s worth of meals, prepping a day a week and scheduling four workouts per week. However, the “not strict” part gives me flexibility to say yes to a dinner party or a night out, or maybe skip a workout here and there. It’s all about finding a balance. Use a calendar, planner or printable (tons on Pinterest) to help
5. Don’t Do It Alone
The buddy system works! Get a friend to join you or significant other – you can work out together, meal plan swap, or just keep in touch to keep each other motivated. There are also online accountability groups and networks, and several businesses in town that can help you if you need that extra push.