The New Year is here, and if you are like majority of the population, you have probably vowed to lose some weight in 2014. Even if you have already set resolutions before in the past and failed to accomplish them, it is still wise to keep setting resolutions for better health. Make 2014 your year to get in shape and feel better with these eight tips.
- Set Yourself Up For Success: Write out one or two concrete weight loss goals that are measurable. For example, chose the resolution of “I want to lose 20 pounds by May” rather than “I want to lose weight.” The sooner you start working towards your goal, the better you will feel.
- Make Working Out Non-Negotiable: Treat your workout like any other habit you have. For example, you brush your teeth just because it is part of your day. Chances are you don’t put much thought into brushing your teeth in the morning, and you don’t have to motivate yourself to get rid of your gross morning breath. Make exercise the same way by tying it to another habit. For example, if you have time in the morning, you could wake up and automatically start changing into your exercise gear knowing that it is workout time. It takes a little training for your mind to realize that working out is a habit, but if you make it a habit, then you can look forward to a long and healthy life.
- Ease Into Working Out: While we want you to jump right into a workout plan, it is better to start off slow. So make daily exercise a habit, but don’t start with a crazy workout that will be hard to stay committed to. Instead, choose a workout you love and start with ten minutes, building up your time each week.
- Rethink Media Time: Watching TV or texting away on your phone during your main workout can significantly decrease your efforts. You can workout while using media for many weeks and then end up dissatisfied with the results. Instead, when it is time for your main workout, focus on the workout and push yourself each and every time.
- Add Variety: Find a workout you love, but don’t be afraid to try other things too. Many people will stick with the elliptical day after day because it gave them quick results in the beginning. However, sticking with the same cardio every day will cause you to plateau after a few weeks. Instead, change up your routine. Add in yoga classes, Pilate classes, and weight lifting sessions.
- Diets Are Not One Size Fits All: Just because you have heard rave reviews for a certain diet, does not mean it is the perfect one for you. Eat whole foods and listen to what your body needs. If you are feeling lethargic or bloated, then it probably is not the best diet for you.
- Protein Keeps You Energized: Protein is your secret weapon, so use it to your advantage. Protein can help you feel full and keep you energized throughout the day. If you are vegetarian, look for animal-free protein options to enjoy the same benefits of protein.
- Eat Small Meals Often: Think of your metabolism as a fire. You want to add a log every few hours to keep it burning efficiently. Try to eat a small meal every two to three hours. Not sure how to do this? Think of your lunchtime sandwich and side. You will eat half of it at lunch and the other half around two or three in the afternoon. This little change keeps the calories the same but benefits your energy levels more.
Make this year your healthiest yet. Work on small changes and developing new habits. Forget crash diets and extreme, hard to follow programs.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.