How to get fitter and healthier for the new year
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So right about now, some of you might be jotting down your new year's resolutions and high up on that list is some variation of this: 'get fitter'. Or perhaps they sound a bit more like this: 'exercise more', 'eat cleaner', lose weight, 'shed the holiday gain'... and the list goes on. Why we wait year on year for January to come around before we push ourselves forward into being #fitspo remains a perplexing concept to us all but still, we do it. Considering the number of packages we've personally signed up for in this week alone, we'll admit to being somewhat guilty of it too.
But with a #NY resolution brings the unnerving possibility that we might grandly fail yet again (though we'll give 2020 resolutions a free pass). And perhaps that's all it really is: New Year's Resolution or not, our personal promises with our bodies frustrate us, and persistently linger at the back of our minds. At the end of the day the only person we'd be disappointing should we fail, would be ourselves. It doesn't come easy, but it definitely can be done — with some systems in place. Below, a helpful guide to egg yourself on for the rest of 2021.
Buy a solid pair of trainers
Well mates, if you don't have a good pair of shoes, it's going to be hard for you to engage in any form of exercise in general. Be it HIIT, cycling, or well, the regular jog around your neighbourhood, we'd say this is a surefire investment that anyone would have to make at the start of any personal fitness journey. Comfort's one thing, but the right shoes are crucial in ensuring you don't injure yourself in the long run. It could also serve as a motivating factor to break into those babies.
Find a fitness buddy
Real talk. Most of us probably wouldn't be motivated enough to go for classes or a simple jog even — if it wasn't with a friend. But it can't just be any friend. This friend will be your fitness buddy, in all terms talking. Whether they're going for classes with you, they're the morning wake up call for an 8am session, or they're helping you stay accountable to your personal goals. You actually need this friend more than you think you do.
Invest in an Apple Watch
Trust us — it's worth the spend. Whether you're just starting out or you're the resident fitspo, this is the one buy we'd say will make your journey all the more worth it. With the newfangled version of the Watch, you can track everything such as your fitness goals, an accurate number of steps that you're making on the daily, and even your cardiovascular health when you're sleeping. This also helps you tune your workouts to better your own cardiovascular health overall and reduce the risks of falling susceptible to certain heart conditions. Consequently, you can download LumiHealth that allows you to earn points and rewards as your little avatar (the extension of you) reaches the various milestones in the game.
Try something new
Just with like everything else in our lives, we're prone to get bored of it once we've gotten to used to the routine. If you've been doing this fitness thing for a long time now, you might want to have a relook at your current regime; are you still challenging yourself? Do you look forward to your post-workout feels? For some of us, the whole ClassPass, yoga or HIIT business may have been something we found ourselves looking forward to two years ago, but it simply doesn't seem to be our cup of tea for much more. For those looking to switch it up, you might want to try some of the new things on the rise now: wakeboarding and trampoline seem to be pretty high up on that list.
Pencil it in
Whether you're using Google Cal, your new 2021 planner, your random notes in your phone or simply brain space, make sure to schedule your workout into your day. Just like your 9 to 5 working hours or your dinner dates: you need to set a time and commit to it. If you leave it to your sheer determination and diligence...well let's just say that even the best of us don't usually get much done by riding that mindset.
Be kind to yourself
Whilst setting goals are important, make sure they're realistic, and that they're for a good cause. But this time around when we say for a good cause, we mean for yourselves: after all, your fitness goals shouldn't be for anybody but yourself. If you want to lose weight and look fitter, think twice about why you have those goals in the first place and don't seek out validation elsewhere. You are more than enough, and you are more than capable of taking care of your own body too. If you're in pain, you're sick for the day, or you simply need to mentally tap out from everything for the day, know that it's ok. Fitness and health is also about listening to your own body — including your mind and soul.