January…the best or the worst time of the year? 

I think all of us have a love/hate relationship with this month. The weeks following the holidays are definitely bittersweet.  We are teetering between being both happy and sad that the busyness of the holidays are over and our normal routine is back. That along with being bombarded with the thoughts of new years resolutions and how we can be a better version of ourselves. 

Even if you don’t do “resolutions” it is almost impossible to not think about it at all. And truthfully, I think everyone should actually take some time to do an honest evaluation of themselves.  This is definitely not easy to do, none one likes to think of their shortcomings, but (shocker) we all have them. 

Each one of us can benefit from a honest review of our actions. Everything from what we eat, to how we spend our time and money to how we communicate with our friends, family and co-workers. 

I don’t know that I indulge in true “resolutions.” But I definitely am aware of areas of my life where I can improve. I do choose to look at January in a positive, fresh, new light and a time where I can make some better choices. 

In regards to health and fitness, here are a few tips for your resolution journey! 

1.  Get real.

Wellness doesn’t happen overnight, so be patient! Long-term results are best achieved through small, gradual changes.  You didn’t gain the weight overnight – it isn’t going to come off overnight! 

2.  Adjust your schedule to include your exercise & QUIT MAKING EXCUSES. 

You’re busy, understood. Assess your schedule and figure out where exercise can fit into it. Even when things get really hectic, there’s always a little time to spare somewhere. When you’re overwhelmed by commitments, a routine can help you stay on track. And also, quit making lame excuses. Period. 

3. Just move.

No matter how and when you choose to move your body, it should be enjoyable and for the purpose of celebrating, not punishing. Hate the treadmill? Try a group fitness class. There are a millions ways to move, ask your friendly gym staff! 🙂 

4. Take a common sense approach to food. 

Steer clear of the fad diets and focus on simply eating healthy, unprocessed foods. Whole grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables in moderation are your ticket to losing weight AND keeping it off! 

5. Catch some extra zzz’s. 

Do not underestimate the power of sleep. No sleep can actually work against you and cause weight gain by raising the appetite-stimulating hormone, cortisol. Do yourself a favor and get to bed! 

Hey!  I’ll see you in the gym!