When it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, there’s no question that health/fitness goals are always on the top of the list. As we touched on in our last post, USA.gov lists resources for 13 popular New Year’s resolutions, and six of those resolutions are health or fitness related. Among them:
– Eat Healthy Food
– Lose Weight
– Get Fit
These are really great goals to have in the New Year. These are also very generic goals. Therein lies the problem with these resolutions, or any resolution for that matter. We find comfort in generic goals. We’re committed, but we aren’t really committed. If we kinda stick on track, we feel good about ourselves, and if we fall off the path, we don’t really feel that bad. Check out these tips on how to set specific, realistic health and fitness goals for the New Year.
Eat Healthy Food
Eating healthy makes sense to everyone. As with many things in life, people understand they need to do it, they just don’t know how to do it.
We don’t need a lot to keep healthy, but we often feel like we do. To stay within your range, divide your caloric intake into more balanced meals. So for the person looking to take in 2500 calories, instead of having a 400 calorie breakfast, 700 calorie lunch, and 1400 calorie dinner, eat 5 meals at roughly 500 calories a piece. Still feeling hungry after a balanced meal? Wait 20 minutes. For many, it takes up to 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain your full! Check out Fitness Magazine or Men’s Health for tips on what to eat.
This goes hand in hand with the first goal. In general, if losing weight is your goal, you want to burn more calories than you consume. That doesn’t mean you stop eating though. A good balanced diet along with cardiovascular exercise is an important combination for calorie burning. You probably have a life outside of losing weight. As little as 20 minutes a day on a treadmill or elliptical can help you lose weight, and you never have to leave your home.
Merriam-Webster lists one definition for fit as “adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving.” While I would say that’s somewhat extreme in the context of fitness as we more commonly think of it, this definition isn’t completely out of line. If being fit is your goal, you’ll want your body in a state where you can exert aerobic exercise regularly. The goals mentioned before, along with some weight lifting, can help get you there!