Simplifying Your Fitness in the New Year
It’s that time of year when we’re all feeling a little overstuffed, a little harried, and possibly a little overwhelmed. It’s the holidays and between parties and gatherings and travel and shopping, healthy habits and diets have gone out the window, while we promise ourselves we’ll get back on track right as soon as the New Year rolls around. But for most of us, the reality is that the proverbial day where things ‘settle down’ never really comes, as we get back into the swing of day to day responsibilities. What exactly will ‘getting back on track’ mean for you? The best success will come from a plan which is not overly complicated, which is straightforward and easy to fit into an otherwise busy life. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind as you think about how to begin the new year on the right track, and how to stay that way:
In fitness, more is often less. You don’t need a ton of fancy equipment or complex movements to grow strength, speed or stamina. Sticking with a solid core of movements which address each muscle group and modality will be plenty to sustain and even increase overall fitness, and switching things up day to day will help keep boredom away. Clear your mind about what to do, and just make sure you are doing what you are doing well, with good form. The rest will follow.
Cultivate your habits when it comes to exercise and fitness. Put it on your schedule and make it something you don’t even think about, you just do it as part of your day. Through the act of cultivating a habit comes consistency, which is ultimately the most important factor when it comes to creating results.
When it comes to nutrition, focus on eating whole, quality foods, limiting sugars and processed foods as much as possible. While it is true that with specific goals such as weight loss or muscle gain, some planning will be required, it doesn’t need to be complicated. As Michael Pollan says on the cover of his book How To Eat, “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants”. It doesn’t need to be a lot more complicated than that!
Put just a little extra effort into bringing more activity into your everyday activities. Sit all day at work? Make sure you get up and walk around at least once an hour. Need something from the grocery store that’s just a half mile away? Walk - it won’t take a lot longer than fighting traffic to get there anyway. Take the stairs. Park further out in the parking lot. All these little things, done with consistency, can make a big difference!
Remember you can train anywhere. As long as you are there with your body, that’s all the equipment you need. Do some air squats, pushups, situps…. all possible with zero equipment, no matter where you are!
No matter what your goals are for the new year, we can help you reach them, whether it’s nailing down your nutrition, getting your first pull up, or dropping just that little bit of holiday fluff. Need some coaching on fitness or nutrition? Contact us and get your 2018 off to the right start!
Posted on Thu, December 21, 2017
by Corbin Gravley filed under