This time of year is popular for New Year’s resolutions, diet starting, fitness goal setting, and overall shaming of oneself. The reason people seem to do this repeatedly year after year is because what they are doing in the first place doesn’t work. It doesn’t solve the problem or motivate a positive response.
Think about it like this: Does it sound appealing to voluntarily go into a program where you already are giving up things in order to make yourself feel and look better?
Stop the negative speak!
Why not think of this lifestyle change as gaining something?
Gain a fresh and healthy view of oneself. Gain a new, healthier body. Gain a new way of life and thinking.
This time of year we are busy and our minds are full of checklists including Christmas cards, shopping, and events. Instead of eliminating the things that you love, focus on something you can add in or start doing now.
1. ADD MORE WATER TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
Start the day with a big glass of water first thing in the morning even before your coffee or tea. The water will wake up your insides and get things flowing after a night of rest. If you are low water drinker, try doubling your daily intake. All the coffee and cocktails this time of year can dehydrate you.
2. ADD IN MORE ACTIVITY
Lose the heels and jeans for your errand running. Put on the yoga pants and sneakers. Get in a quick, high calorie burn at the gym before hitting the stores, post office, or dry cleaners. You will be more productive during the day and be able to tackle the dreaded holiday to do list head on. And you will feel and look better for all of those Holiday cocktail parties.
3. ADD IN MORE TIME FORE REST
You need it! Have a cutoff point at night that you will stop and shut things down until the next day. If you wear yourself slam out, you will not even be able to enjoy the holiday you have spent weeks preparing for.
Shift your thinking from taking things away to adding things into your life that are good for you. Not only will you finish this year strong, you will be ahead of the game going into 2014.
Jess Horton shares her passion for fitness with others through her blog and fitness website, The Fit Petite.
Jess travels from gym to gym trying out various workouts, interviews trainers from some of the top facilities around town and compiles the fitness industry information in an “Urban Spoon” style on her website.
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