January 31, 2017
Written by: Monica Hilton, KAHA Fit & Together We Rise CrossFit Owner
Tomorrow is February 1st and 8.3% of 2017 is gone. Can you believe it? The groundhog shall rise on Wednesday and then before you know it, half-price chocolate day will be here. February 15th. You don’t celebrate? Right… me neither.
A wise man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”
If you’re anything like me, you feel like you completely missed January. And if you’re anything like the majority of the population, you probably set a fitness goal for 2017 and you’re just now getting around to starting that journey. Better late than never.
So how can you make 2017 different? Here are five tips to get you (re)started:
1. Lift heavy shit. I don’t care if you’re a woman or a man, 18 or 69, new to fitness or a regular… strength training is important. Cardio and flexibility are also important but start building your fitness plan around strength training and watch the magic happen.
2. Stop setting unrealistic goals. Let’s say you’re new to fitness, or maybe fell off the wagon for a bit. (Hint: if your last workout buddy was Billy Blanks as you kicked and punched your way through Tae Bo, it’s time to admit that you’ve fallen off the wagon.) Time to look forward. Set goals that are achievable for your lifestyle, taking two things into account: your schedule and the types of workouts you enjoy. Need help? Talk to someone at your gym about how to get started the right way. If they don’t have a beginners’ plan of any sort, find a new gym. And remember, even if you’re moving slowly, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.
3. Find a workout buddy. Or ask your gym to assign you one. One of my favorite fitness quotes is from Chalene Johnson: “If your friends don’t like to work out, find new friends.”
4. Nutrition is HUGE. You will sabotage any workout plan with a poor diet. It doesn’t have to be perfect but your body needs the correct fuel to perform well. Put the cheesecake down and walk away.
5. Do you. People will give you all kinds of advice for success, but it might be based on what worked for them. Example: Tip #3 above is about starting at your pace. If you know that you’re an “all or nothing” person and you want to set a goal of working out six times per week (even if it’s 15 minutes per day), don’t let someone tell you to start at three workouts. If you know that starting on Monday but following it with a rest day on Tuesday will affect your motivation for Wednesday, plan accordingly and do what will work for you. On the other hand, if someone suggests an initial plan of three workouts per week, and you know you can reasonably commit to two and feel successful, that’s where you start. All you can do is the best you can do, and you’re the only one who can do you.
Now get on out there and say farewell to January today because February will be “the month of YOU” and it might just blow your mind.