It’s that time of year again! Time to make resolutions. Why don’t we forget about making resolutions and focus on a Transformation instead? That’s a great idea right?! I thought so too : ) Resolutions can be stressful and I find that when someone falls back a step they punish themselves or give up. So let’s TRANSFORM ourselves this year so there will be NO need for resolutions next year!
Most people want to get into shape at this time of the year so they join a gym or get workout videos to do at home. Joining a gym is a fine idea, but make sure it’s the right fit for you. Do your research and ask around. Do you like big groups or do you prefer small groups to train with? Are the workouts geared for your level or are they too extreme or not extreme enough? Find out about the atmosphere. Is it a competitive or non-competitive type of gym? Will the trainers help you set and reach each goal? These are all questions that I have been asked in the past and I find that being able to answer these for each person honestly helps them find the right training ground for them, whether it is my gym or a fellow trainer/gym. If workout videos work best for you, make sure you set a time each day to do them. Make that your gym time just like if you were going to one. That is your hour each day for you and your health. Like I said before, do your research. Make sure the video is in line with your individual goals and, most importantly, research form and technique on the exercises just to be on the safe side.
Healthier eating habits is another popular “resolution”. Instead of giving up your favorites all at once, make small changes. This will help you transform your eating habits and will be a lot less overwhelming. Focus on changing one thing each week. Example: Eliminate sodas week one and drink more water, eliminate starchy carbs on week two and add more veggies, start meal planning and food prep on week three. Don’t give in to all the new fads out there! If it promises that you will lose 5-10 pounds in a week, STAY AWAY! That is a big waste of money and is not good for your body in any way. My best advice on food is: If it has an ingredient list that you cannot pronounce, LEAVE IT IN THE STORE. My plate consists of meat, veggies, and healthy fats at each meal. I have carbs such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, or brown rice on my weightlifting days. If meal planning and food prep is confusing or stressful for you, ask your trainer for help. There are many ways to make the process easier and allow you to prep in less time and eliminate food waste.
I hope this helps get you off to a good start in the New Year! Let the Transformation begin!