Tips on turning your New Year’s fitness resolutions into reality… With New Year’s here, chances are you or someone you know is resolving to lose weight or get in shape. Part of what makes these such difficult resolutions is that we expect to see results quickly, and when we don’t, we tend to give up. Getting in shape and becoming healthier isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon (but without all the sweating and fatigue of an actual marathon). Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating the right foods are lifelong activities. Here are some ideas from the team at Plexus Fitness that can help you make living fit a part of your life. 1. Get specific The more details you include in your plan, the better your chances of success. If you’ve got “exercise” or “eat better” on your New Year’s resolution list, you probably won’t be doing much of either. That’s because “exercise” isn’t a specific plan. Set aside 25 minutes each morning, say between 6:45 and 7:10, to stretch, walk or jog around the block, practice yoga – whatever. Just be specific. For eating better, schedule specific healthy meals and snacks for specific times throughout the day.
2. Make it routine One effective way to introduce a new behavior is to make it part of your day. For exercise, set up a routine – maybe a walk around your neighborhood each morning. If you’ve resolved to lose weight, replace lunch with a healthy protein shake every day. The key is to establish a routine of things you do at specific times. The sooner it becomes part of your day, the sooner it will become part of your life.
3. Celebrate your successes If you create specific plans for exercise and healthier eating, and you make them part of your daily routine, chances are you’ll be seeing positive results. Celebrate! You’ve earned it. And a little pat on the back is a great motivator to keep the good results coming – through the next New Year and beyond.
Make 2012 your healthiest year yet. To learn more about Plexus and to get started on a complimentary 10 day trial membership at Plexus Nemours, visit us at http://www.plexusfitness.com.