New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but hard to keep, especially when it comes to fitness. In fact, it is reported that only about 8% of us are actually successful at keeping our promises. And it is no wonder. Getting fit is hard. It takes a lot of work, it is uncomfortable, and it is easy to find excuses to get out of it. “Um, I really need to get home and tend to my cat – he has separation anxiety.”
Well this year how about tackling it a little differently. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you on the road to success.
1. Choose something you love – often we get hung up on the “traditional approaches” to fitness – think pounding the treadmill and pumping iron. If the gym scene is not you don’t fret, there are so many options to get you moving. Love dancing? Think Zumba. Prefer a class? Look into some yoga and pilates options. More of a team player – check out the local league scene and dust of your old volleyball uniform or soccer shoes. By choosing something you love to do you will be more motivated to stick with it.
2. Set Realistic Goals – sure looking like Giselle & Tom might sound like a good thing to strive for, but you know what? So does losing a couple of pounds, feeling your pants fit a little looser, or seeing some definition in your shoulders. You can’t argue with the fact that making changes for the better feels amazing. Even if you have a long way to go to your dream body, achieving smaller, more attainable goals will have your self-esteem skyrocketing and help you keep your eye on the prize!
3. Make Health a Priority – sure you can come up with a 1,000 excuses to skip a workout – but where does that leave you in the long run? By making a commitment to your health you check your excuses at the door. You’ve heard it a million times – exercise is good for your health. Your body was designed to move, shake off the cobwebs and get the heart pumping. Exercise is proven to control weight, improve mood, promote better sleep, put a little spark in your sex life, and most importantly combat against illness and disease. At least one of those has to call to you. Stop with the excuses and start feeling great.
4. Set the Stage for Success – one of the biggest detractors for a good workout is poor planning. If you prefer to work out in the early light of dawn, make sure to have your gym clothes out, gym bag packed and something quick to energize you through your workout. Same goes for you evening exercisers. One excuse you can’t ignore is a rumbling hungry tummy, lack of energy after a hard day, or only one running shoe in your bag. Make sure you have all the tools you need for a successful work out and something nourishing to get you through until dinner.
Fuel Your Activity
What you put in your body ultimately results in what you get out of it. Before you tackle a workout you want to make sure your body has the right fuel so it can perform its best. There are a couple of key components when looking at exercise nutrition.
1. Keep it natural – don’t bog your body or new fitness routine down with artificial chemicals, sweeteners and colours.
2. Give your body a balance of nutrients it needs – having the right balance of carbs, protein, and electrolytes for hydration will give you the edge you need to have a killer workout.
3. Supercharge with a kick – a little caffeine can go a long way when it comes to getting you out the door. Choosing a natural form of caffeine in the right dose for your body may just be the deciding factor of you hitting your workout or hitting the hay!
activfuel+ from Genuine Health is the most unique and effective product when it comes to fueling your workout and your Resolution success! This all-natural formula was designed with an athlete’s needs in mind. It provides a balance of quick-burning carbohydrates, Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), electrolytes, and the option of caffeine kick (caffeine-free is also available for those looking to fuel their workout without the added boost). What sets this formula apart from others on the market is the targeted dose. No athlete is the same, so why should their nutrition be? Use your body weight, workout duration and intensity to make sure you are getting the right amount of nutrients that your body needs – no more, no less.