It really is a thing, and an excellent thing at that. I’m one of those people this year, one of the out of shape people hitting the gym that the gym lovers dread during January. I will block out the haters and hit the gym until I get to my goals, and so should you! But, for those of you who will be joining me and getting back to being healthy and happy in the new year, here are some tips I personally use to help me get back to fit.
I have a CamelBak water bottle that I take with me to class, work, the gym, and basically everywhere. Finding some cute stickers from places your travel or getting a customized bottle like those pictured above helps make your water a statement piece of your Nike shorts and large tee outfit (because we all know that’s how to live life). Your goal should be to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water everyday. Also, drinking a glass of water before you eat and right after you eat will help curb your appetite and a glass as soon as you wake up will kick start your metabolism! Yay for water!
I finally got to try paddle boarding this summer, so of course I had to try some yoga poses! However, it doesn’t have to be paddle board yoga to mix things up a bit. I like to mix in Tabata or weight training days with my cardio. Instead of just running 2 or 3 times a week, try to mix in some days training weights or some kind of HIIT program. Crossfit isn’t for everyone, and neither is running for 6 miles straight on the treadmill. There are so many ways to work out, it all just depends on your personal preference and what keeps you engaged!
Keeping track of your steps and calories burned while walking from class to class on campus is a super easy way to motivate yourself to do more. Most trackers cost between $50 and $80, it just depends on what you want your activity tracker to track. I enjoyed having a Fitbit Flex for the last year, which tracks steps, calories, distance, and active minutes as well as having silent alarms. I plan to upgrade to the Fitbit Charge HR for a more active lifestyle, which tracks workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, steps, silent alarms, and active minutes but also has caller I.D. and a watch setting. All you really need to get started is a pedometer, which can be as little as $10! 10,000 steps at a brisk walk burns between 300 and 400 calories a day!
There are so many options to be fit and be active, but the most fun fitness journeys are shared with others. Find a buddy or partner to workout with and grow with and then find your path to fitness! The Color Run is a favorite of mine, and I am going again this year with my now fiance. There are mud runs, dance classes, Crossfit, hiking, climbing, boot camps, swim teams, tennis teams, and the list could go on and on. All we have to do is get out there and find what makes us happy!
Have a blessed and fit 2016!