It’s a new year with a new list of resolutions, but getting in shape tops most people’s lists each January. And this year is no exception. In 2017, ‘eating healthier and losing weight’ is the most popular resolution with 21.7% with that goal. Unfortunately, statistics show that very few succeed: “A little more than half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% of those who do succeed in meeting their goals.” Why?
The biggest factor is time, as these days we’re so inundated with work, family responsibilities and running errands that we have very little remaining mental or physical energy to commit to a workout. The second reason relates to the first, and that is a lack of motivation. If we’re not motivated, we won’t find the time to workout. So start early in the morning when you’re willpower is at it’s best and your energy is at its maximum. So what are some things you can do to keep your motivation up so your resolution lasts through the year instead of through the week?
Motivation starts with your attitude. Have a realistic attitude of the work involved to get into shape, the changes needed and the time it will take to get there. Losing weight and building muscle is not an overnight success so have patience and give your body and metabolism time to adjust to your new way of life. It could take three to four weeks before you start to see changes in your weight, endurance, and how your clothes fit.
Track your progress. Start a journal and write down each time you work out, how many calories you consumed, and any factors affecting your journey. If you have a bad day, use the journal to record how you feel so you learn from your mistakes. Don’t be discouraged by any mishaps but keep in mind that overall you are on an uphill climb to success.
Find a fitness partner. Getting in shape is easier if you have someone to compare notes with and you have a friend to share the pain and gain. Choose someone in your life that is positive and actually wants you to make positive changes in your life, and will cheer you on regardless of their own progress. You can even create a competitive spirit with a friendly bet, for example whoever loses the most weight or inches will get a free (healthy) meal or special gift paid by the other.
Plan an exercise regimen that fits your life. (*Please consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen especially if you are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or arthritis.) The easiest and cheapest way to start is walking, jogging and then running, with interval training to increase fat burning. Choose a variety of exercises that will work out the total body: cardio, strength-training, and stretching. Cardio improves circulation and endurance. Strength training with weights or exercise machines builds muscles and tones. Stretching like pilates or yoga increases flexibility and also tones. End each workout session with a cool-down to avoid cramping and allowing muscles to relax.
Eat right and drink lots of water. If you begin a new workout routine, make sure you don’t thwart those efforts by eating high-processed, high-calorie sugary snacks. Eat wholegrain, lean proteins, vegetables and fruits. Decrease carbohydrates, starchy foods and replace foods with a low-glycemic index as they take longer for your body to digest and turn into energy so you feel fuller longer. Keep yourself hydrated before, after and during your workout.
Choose the right gear. Motivation to workout can also comes from what we wear, as our clothes and shoes can have a big impact on our workout. If we’re comfortable, fully supported and feeling great, we have a better workout and apply more focus to the workout itself. Researcher Hajo Adam from Northwestern University says: “It’s all about the symbolic meaning that you associate with a particular item of clothing. I think it would make sense that when you wear athletic clothing, you become more active and more likely to go to the gym and work out.”
Get your workout gear at Soft Shoe in Richmond KY
At Soft Shoe in Richmond, we have a full line of running and athletic shoes as well as high performance and moisture-resistant apparel for your workout. Our latest styles from Brooks running shoes have specialized high-tech features for running as well as for comfort. Brooks’ running shoes let your body run without disruption, guides and corrects your body’s alignment for an efficient stride. Their support running shoes gently guide your stride so your body stays in its preferred alignment so you can run more comfortably. The right sneaker or running shoe can energize you so you can keep on running, as well as prevent foot and back injury. We are here to help! Let our staff help you choose the right shoe for your exercise regimen, level, body type and alignment.
We also carry a full line of hoodies, tops and jackets to keep you warm and dry during your workout with such brands as North Face, Patagonia, Under Armour and Nike. Show off your school spirit during your run or exercise routine with UK or EKU performance apparel.
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