Many people will vow to lose weight as part of their New Year’s resolutions. Kelly Sheerins, Core Fusion trainer at Exhale Spa in New York City, offers advice for how to get fit and stick with it this year.
It’s that time of year again, when everyone begins to think of starting fresh in the New Year. The New Year’s resolution lists begin to pile up and at the top of many peoples’ lists will be the most popular goal: to lose weight. The intention is there to make this the year it happens. However, too many of these resolutions seem to disappear as the New Year becomes less and less new. The million dollar question: “How can we make our resolutions a reality?”
If I had to sum it up in 3 words, it would be: keep it simple. Many times we go into the New Year with the highest expectations. To make this the year to shed that extra 15 pounds, stick with an exercise regimen, eat the healthiest diet, and keep as an incentive to lose weight, all those clothes in the back of your closet that are too tight. It is important to have goals but it is all in the approach of how to meet them.
On the journey to make 2012 a year of losing weight, try working on changing the mindset from weight loss to healthy lifestyle. Instead of trying out a crash diet, begin to think of making better choices when it comes to what you eat and what you do. The last thing you want to do is tackle every part of your lifestyle and overwhelm or deprive yourself. This is when many resolutions crash and burn before any results are even seen.
Take it one day at a time. Begin with trying to find time to exercise. If you rarely exercise, start with a commitment to try and work out 2 days a week. Once you form the habit of working out twice a week, try to find one more day you can fit a class or work out in. If you are already exercising on a consistent basis, consider changing up your workouts. The body will become immune to the same routine so if you are a runner, try a yoga class which will help with flexibility and core stability. As a Core Fusion teacher at Exhale, I have witnessed people transform by adding core fusion and core strengthening classes to their fitness routine. Marathon runners have come to me at the end of class and told me how much Core Fusion has helped them. Most importantly, you want to find a class or a form of exercise that you can enjoy. If you can enjoy your workouts, you are 100 times more likely to stick with it!
Lastly, use the buddy system. Find someone who enjoys the same class or same kind of fitness routine as you and plan a time to meet them every week. Even if it is only one class or one day a week, it will keep you on track with your plans of exercising consistently. If you know you are supposed to be meeting a friend for class, you cannot because you don’t feel like going. It sounds simple but it works! If you find a studio that you love and have the ability to sign up for class weeks in advance, you can take advantage of this opportunity to solidify your schedule. When you know you have signed up for class, you feel more committed to go rather than if you are just dropping in when you have time.
Most importantly, be kind to yourself. If you miss a few days, don’t let that discourage you from reaching your New Year’s resolution. Life is busy and sometimes will force you to steer off course. The most important thing is to get back on and enjoy the ride! Happy New Year!