Friday, January 15, 2010

New Year, New You!!!

One of the most common New Years resolutions is to lose weight/get in shape/get healthy, etc. but come February, most have lost sight of their goal. People come up with every excuse in the book but probably the most popular reason is a decrease in motivation. Here are a few stick-with-it tips to think about if you are one of these people…

1. Avoid the stress of the Spring Break crash diet by starting now. Dig out that bikini and try it on. Check out the areas you want to improve and find exercises that target those areas. Do this every two weeks to keep you motivated and on track.

2. Print out a calendar for the month and write in when you are going to work out. The buddy system is strongly encouraged because you’re less likely to let your friend down then yourself (a sad reality). Shoot for 4-6 days a week of a mix of cardio and strength training. Try different things like a yoga class on Mondays, run the track on Tuesdays, or even squash at the local gym. By mixing things up you’re less likely to get bored and skip.

3. Find a picture in a fitness magazine that resembles your ideal body and put in a place that you will see it multiple times a day. (I say a fitness magazine because you should be working towards a fit, healthy, muscular body, not a stick skinny model body you’ll find in Vogue) I love pasting these on the fridge or the door to the pantry; nothing stops a handful of cereal here or a piece of chocolate there when you have your goal staring you in the face!

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