All right, so it’s New Year’s which means most people, myself included, are making resolutions to have a happy and healthy 2012. Well, I thought of five easy tips to make sure you (and I ) keep those resolutions going throughout the year:) Here they are…
Be Specific: It doesn’t matter who you consult…Oprah, The Secret, your high school academic advisor…in order for anyone insure they’re successful at attaining their goal they have to be specific about what that goal is. Saying “I want to get healthier” is a good start but picking specific goals like ” drinking 8 glasses of water per day” or “working out four days a week” are less amorphous meaning you’re more likely to complete them.
Write Them Down: When you write something down it becomes real. I find writing my goals and resolutions down makes me accountable for them and it really helps me plan for success.
Be Realistic: Okay this might be one of the most important when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. After all… “Success is the results of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” Don’t worry about losing 20 pounds or making it to the gym everyday, just find a goal that’s realistic like eating five or six servings of fruits and veggies a day, strength training twice a week or taking the time to do five minutes a makeup in the morning. Once one of those goals becomes easy-peasy then you can move onto a more ambitious goals and so on and so on!
Track Your Progress: I like to revisit my goals weekly (particularly on Sunday’s before the craziness starts) to check up on my progress. This is a great way to stay accountable and make any necessary adjustments.
Give Yourself a Break: Actually I think this is them most important tip when it comes to resolutions. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip from your goals now and then. Come on, who hasn’t eaten a few too many cookies or chosen to grab happy our instead of hitting the gym:) Don’t let a slip up derail all the hard work you’ve put in, every morning is a chance to just hop right back on the resolution bandwagon.
Okay, I’m willing to admit I might be a little weird. Every year for Christmas I ask for some sort of fitness thing. One year it was a BOSU ball, then next it was boxing gloves and last year it was kettlebells and every December 26th I bring my new haul to the gym where I can’t wait to try it out. (Needless to say last year the 35 lb. kettlebell proved a little tricky:) I think the holidays are a great time to ask for a few fitness things you’ve been eyeing but your practical side won’t let you buy for yourself. I’ve complied a few of my holiday must haves that are sure to make your workouts more fun and give you an edge when it comes time for those New Year’s resolutions.
Valslides $30: Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel’s trainer Valerie Waters uses these to whip her clients into shape for big movie roles. I am obsessed with using Valsides for killer core exercises and sliding lunges that totally tighten up your butt and thighs. Plus you can use them in your living room or pack them and take them anywhere!
GymBoss Trainer $19.95: This is totally on my list this year. The Gymboss lets you set a repeating interval timer perfect for circuit training, intervals or running workouts. (Think 30 seconds on, one minute off) You don’t have to struggle to set your watch or look at it throughout your workout since Gymboss is small and clips onto your shirt.
Foam Roller $34: If you’ve ever had sore muscles you have to get one of these. It will open up your back and make those miles on your legs melt away. Simply a must for runners or, let’s be honest, anyone who uses a computer.
TRX Training System $199: Oh I LOVE this thing!!! BTW so do Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen and Superbowl MVP Drew Brees. This is a complete gym in a bag. You can do thousands of exercises, take it anywhere ( all you need it a doorway or high place to anchor it) plus it’s only two pounds so you can totally pack it in your bag for business travel and vacations. This thing rocks I can’t say enough good things about it so I think I’ll just have to devote a later post and video to my TRX devotion so you can get the full effect. Bottom line…if you’re ok spending a little more money you must get thing. (Good news is you could probably give up your gym membership).
Lululemon Triumphant Tote $118: Not only is this bag waterproof but it’s also made of material that won’t cause your Lulu pants to pill when it rubs against them. Plus I think carrying a cute bag is totally be motivation to hit the gym, right? This bag even has a laptop pocket so it’s business and pleasure!
iPad 2 $499: All right, this is a big ticket item but if you’re thinking of one for Christmas I’ll tell you it is my workout secret. I load my favorite TV shows and movies onto the iPad and I actually look forward to my cardio sessions. Consider it a health care cost;)