It's that time of year again - resolutions. Lose weight, save more money, spend more time with family. Rather than make "resolutions" I like to create a list of goals. Things I want to accomplish this year. I'm speaking with my clients about coming up with fitness goals for 2013. Not how much weight they want to lose or what size clothing they want to wear. I want them to focus on feeling stronger - how much do you want to bench press? Have you ever tried a 5K? Let's pick one and you can walk it, see what you think.
Every New Year many people make a resolution to change their lives. Most of those resolutions are health related. Such as to eat better, join a gym and exercise, or to start a new diet. They resolutions are always started with great intentions. The person making the resolution jumps in with both feet, exercising every day or not touching anything with sugar, whatever that resolution is. Unfortunately, by March most of those resolutions are already broken.
Making a big change to your life is really hard. The best way to be sure to stick with your resolution is to take baby steps.
Let's say you just arrived home from a long day of stressful work and there is a gooey plate of chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter. You are in a weakened state from the stress of the day and the time of day and those cookies are begging to be eaten. A stratedgy that has worked well for my clients is the following.1. Acknowledge that you really WANT the cookies. Acknowledge that you do not NEED the cookies to fuel your body.2. Tell yourself that you are going to have 1 cookie, but not right now, later.
As the new year comes to a close, many are still procrastinating on starting their fitness goals and workouts until January 2013. Let's say for the sake of argument that you are very busy with holiday celebrations with family and friends and there just isn't anytime to get into a routine. Got it!....I want everyone to know and understand that time waits for no one. Understanding that, it is very important to spend time with family and dear friends but as equally important to take care of yourself so you can be there to spend time with.
Fueling up before a workout is just as important as re-fueling after a workout. Many individuals do neither; they workout simply because they want to go eat that Big Mac at McDonalds, that Krispy Kreme Donut with their coffee in the morning or that giant bowl of ice-cream while watching Biggest Loser. While eating these foods on special occasions and in moderation is by no means a horrible thing to do, eating the aforementioned types of food after a workout, or going without eating right after a workout so that you can eat those foods later, is a big mistake.