We know you’re barely done digesting your Christmas cookies, but it’s time to start looking forward to 2016. The New Year brings new opportunities to start fresh, set goals for the year ahead and make positive, lasting changes in your life. But before you can starting working toward your New Years resolution, you need to find the right one.
Take some time to reflect on the last year. What would you have liked to have done differently? What was the biggest source of stress for you? What would you have liked to work on, but just didn’t find the time?
Now think forward: What are your goals for this coming year? What do you want to achieve? Get your ideas churning with 8 Ways to Make a Healthy New Years Resolution.
Coming up empty? We’ve got you! 20 Healthy New Years Resolutions You Should Make.
When it comes to setting weight loss goals, most dieters are unrealistic. Medical experts, concerned with adequate nutrition and physical and psychological health, recommend an average weight loss of a half to one pound per week. But dieters want nothing to do with that. They expect to lose at a rate twice as high, at a minimum.
Scientists have studied, at length, dieters’ expectations about losing weight. Dr. Thomas Wadden, Director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania, found that even when patients were “informed repeatedly” that their weight loss goals were unrealistic, they still wanted to lose more than was recommended.
In another study, a group of women expected to lose 22 to 34 percent of their weight in six months, and when told that average weight loss is 8 to 10 percent during the first six months of dieting, they said that number was “unacceptable” and “disappointing.”
Patients undergoing gastric lap band surgery were no different. They expected to lose almost 100 percent of their excess weight when typical results are 20 to 25 percent.
But does it matter if a dieter’s weight loss goals are realistic? Apparently not. (more…)
Of course men know the benefits of yoga, and we know what we’re missing out on. So why do we still not go? We often see women go to yoga stressed out and leave with their heads held high. We see them carry on the rest of the day in a state of bliss, so why don’t we go to yoga?
In the early 1900s immigration laws made it difficult for teachers and practitioners to come over to the U.S. One of the few who made it was a Russian woman, Indra Devi. Women quickly connected after celebrity cosmetologist Elizabeth Arden started working with her. When a male yogi, Richard Hittleman, brought yoga to TV, he used female models. In the 1970s there was Lilias Folan who taught on TV with a soft welcoming tone, which further engaged housewives of America. Power Yoga emerged a decade later but it was too late, yoga had already rooted itself in the fiber of womanhood throughout the US.
While there are countless benefits of yoga for men, we find ourselves trying to trick the male population in to the studio. Regardless of the benefits, there seem to be so many myths and preconceived notions stopping men from rolling out a mat. Benefits include everything from building strength, sexual endurance, piece of mind, and goal setting, to detoxifying the body from the inside out. (more…)
One of our fave fitness gals, Erin Kreitz Shirey, is full of tips for working smarter, not harder, and living well. She runs Power Fitness PDX, a training center that specializes in small group classes, and she also writes about fitness. In fact, Kreitz Shirey recently contributed to an online guide to making 2014 your best year yet and we absolutely love what she had to say. (See pages 17 and 18 of the guide for a full run-down of her ideas.)
Our favorite tips from Kreitz Shirey:
New Year’s resolutions often come in with a bang and go out with a soft thud. But maybe that’s because we’re all too focused on the end goal. If meeting a resolution was more about the journey—not the checkmark upon completion—perhaps we’d all be a little more committed.
A new company called 100 is hoping to help people enjoy and appreciate the steps, hours, and attempts it take to reach a goal. The idea is simple: You establish a goal then each day you upload a ten-second video of yourself practicing said goal to the 100 website. (These videos can be private or public.) At the end of 100 days you’re able to upload a full minute of video to really highlight what you’ve been able to accomplish over the past weeks. When you glance back at where you started and see how far you’ve come, you just may decide to commit to another 100-day goal.