Yes, you read that right! I’ve got solutions to your resolutions – here’s how to fool-proof your NY Res this year:
Set a clear and sustainable goal! If you haven’t worked out in 5 years, don’t think that you’re going to hit the gym 5 days, every single day of the week! If this is the case, you should look into getting a trainer or an accountability partner. Do not set yourself up for defeat by aiming too high when it comes to working out. You want to ease into a habit, so clearly state your goal and make sure it is sustainable!
Keep track daily of how you are doing with your goal. Keep a checklist, spreadsheet, or even check in on Facebook! Announce your goal on social media and watch the support and accountability flood in. Notice what’s working, and what’s not, and don’t be afraid to tweak what you’re doing to reach your goal.
Get a success group! Whether it’s a family member, an online community, or even just a success journal, keep track of your successes daily. Share your progress and your triumphs (only positives!!) with this group or journal
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Working out on Christmas Eve and Christmas is a total mental game. In fact, I’m challenging you to mentally Step It Up with these tips to get your head in gear for a workout:
Lay out your workout clothes next to your closet. Workout first thing in the morning and plant the seed the night before that yes, you will be working out, and that’s why our workout clothes are out.
Make it quick. If you have time for an hour at the gym, awesome! If not, make this a quick workout. The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day workouts are all about establishing a HABIT and getting your brain used to the ease of taking a break to work out.
Bring a family member! Add someone different to your routine and help make working out more fun. Do the same things at the gym, or do something totally different, or play football on the wii. Anything you can do with someone else that is active counts as exercise!
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Tis the season of…body anxiety? If you suffer from poor body image and lack confidence when you’re out with colleagues or friends, check out these tips to feel more comfortable and happy in your own skin:
Find an outfit or makeup that accentuates a body part that you DO like instead of trying to find an outfit that covers something up. By focusing on your positive, favorite feature, you’ll be feeling more confident in your own skin.
Accept a compliment! Give the compliment giver the gift of you being able to receive it. It feels great making other people feel good, right? So don’t let your own insecurities drag the other person down. Graciously accept compliments, whether or not you believe them!
Stand tall and pull your abs in like you’re zipping a tight pair of pants. Proper posture immediately signals to others that you are confident. You are owning your own space and are carrying yourself strongly. Bring your shoulders up to your ears, back, and down, and pull in your low abs.
Pump yourself up! Tell yourself 5 things you like about yourself before you walk into a holiday party. Is this hard? Try to do it anyways, and focus on these positive traits or body parts whenever you start engaging in negative self talk.
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The holidays are upon us – with shopping, parties, and family gatherings, a lot of people put their health & well-being on the back burner. But, during this time it is CRUCIAL to carve out time and energy for yourself! You must tell yourself, others, and the universe that, “Hey! I’m important too!” Here are a few ways and a few mentalities to fit in your “me” time this holiday season:
– Think about why you value yourself and why you are important: Are you the glue that holds your family together? Do your co-workers count on you to be extra chipper during the holidays? Do you love to volunteer with your favorite charity? Whatever it is, people count on you and you are important! Therefore, take yourself seriously and know that because you are important, you deserve to place importance on all of you – your mental and physical well-being – over the holidays.
– Look at your calendar: Can you go late to an event? Will a 30 minute workout in your living room really make you too late for a party? The answer is usually….NO! By making 30 minutes a priority for yourself, you will feel more energized, more relaxed, and more peaceful and better able to enjoy your event.
– Analyze your food choices: Do you always seem to binge on cookies at a mid-afternoon meeting? Or are the buttery and fattening appetizers looking great this time of year? Make sure you don’t show up to events starving! This will help you avoid cravings and food binges. By eating every 3 – 4 hours, you’re keeping your blood sugar levels stable and avoiding cravings that kick in when your body just needs more fuel.
– Finally, think about your state of mind: Are you pushing off working out until the new year? Is 2012 “your year”? If so, what are you waiting for? One minute of exercise is 100% better than 0 minutes. Step It Up NOW and start getting into the groove before the new year – it will be that much easier to fully commit to yourself in a few weeks if you’ve gotten a jump-start now.