If you're like many people, one of your resolutions this year is to improve your health and fitness. However, if you really want a stronger, leaner, healthier body, you're going to need to make your goals more specific.
Here are some small, easy changes you can make for better health and fitness in 2017.
Find a Club you actually enjoy visiting.
If you dread going to the gym, maybe you're just not going to the right gym. Find a fitness center, like Holmes Place, that is dedicated to fitness and has the amenities that make working out enjoyable. Small features like hair dryers in the bathroom and a separate cardio zone on the gym floor can transform your workout experience in big ways.
Make "gym time" a part of your regular schedule.
Once you've found a Club you love, it's time to change the way you approach going to the gym. Instead of treating it like a leisure activity, make it an obligation you put on your calendar. Block off time, just as you would for a work meeting or interview. If someone asks if you can do something during your gym time, your answer is, "No. I'm sorry, but I have another obligation." By making workouts a priority, you're making yourself a priority -- and you certainly deserve to be a priority in your own life!
Try something new once a week.
Pick a day of the week, and dedicate yourself to trying something new, whether it's an entirely new workout routine or just a new way of doing squats, on that day. This will keep your workouts interesting, and you might even discover a whole new fitness regimen that you love.
Keep sliced veggies on hand for snacking.
Fitness is part exercise and part diet. If you want to lose weight or stay lean, you'll need to avoid reaching for sugary, fatty snacks. An easy way to stop yourself from indulging is to stop keeping these snacks in the house (and in the office). Instead, buy a bunch of sliced veggies, like carrots, celery, and peppers, each week. Keep them in the front of the fridge in pre-portioned baggies so you can reach for them whenever you feel like munching.
Switch to water.
Are you still drinking sugary sodas and sweetened teas? Resolve to cut these out of your diet this year. Instead, make it your goal to only drink water during the day. Let yourself have one serving of tea, wine, or juice with your dinner only. You'll be consuming fewer calories, which should lead to a slow and steady weight loss throughout the year.
Walk more often.
When you have the choice to take the metro or walk, promise yourself that you'll choose "walk" at least once a week. All of the extra walking will add up, and after you do it a few times, you may find that you actually prefer walking. Get into the habit of keeping a comfortable pair of shoes in your bag or under your desk so that you can walk on your breaks at work, too.
If you want to make big changes in your health this year, you need to start with small changes in your lifestyle. Visit us and make working out an enjoyable part of your day.