The benefits of working out are innumerable, including lowering your risk of chronic disease, improving sleep and energy levels, and reducing stress, but we’re willing to bet your true motivation behind your fitness New Years Resolution is a little more superficial: to lean out and sculpt your physique so you can wear that swimsuit or your skinny jeans with confidence. There’s no shame in wanting to look good! Whether you are new to the gym and working out or already have established the habit and are looking to take your fitness to the next level, we have all the resources you need to get there.
If your diet is getting an overhaul in 2016, you aren’t alone. Eating healthier to lose weight is the most common New Year’s Resolution, and the people that make that resolution usually have the same one each year, because year after year, for whatever reason, they don’t achieve it.
Whether your resolution is to finally lose the weight for good or to simply eat healthier to feel better, making changes to your eating habits can be tough. Food and the way we eat are effected by so many emotional and physical factors, it can be hard to fight past the triggers, habits and cravings to make positive changes. Whether you are a beginner and don’t know where to start, or just need all the strategies you can find, we’ve rounded up our best strategies for making better nutritional choices for every New Years Resolution to give you your best chance of success.
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.
By Shae Blevins
The New Year is upon us and we’re sure that you’re ready to start the new diet and exercise plan you’ve been talking about since eating your fill (and then some) at Thanksgiving dinner.
A variety of celeb-backed options outrank more traditional approaches. The Paleo diet marks Jessica Biel amongst its followers. The “eating a spoonful of clay” diet favored by Shailene Woodley, of “The Fault in Our Stars.” And Zooey Deschanel, who has given up gluten.
There is also the super fit Matthew McConaughey, the ultra-fabulous Dita Von Teese, and The Queen and King — Beyonce and Jay Z — the sexy A-listers who have gone vegan by way of Mark Bittman’s VB6. (more…)
Yes, celebs are just like us. They make New Year’s resolutions, too! If you have yet to plan your 2015 goals, look to these famous role models to come up with your own! We like how they’re keeping it simple and realistic.
1. “When people are talking to me, I will listen.” — Matt Preston, MasterChef Australia
Preston goes on to tell the Daily Mail that he does not usually believe in resolutions, but he and his daughter resolved to make this goal together.
2. “I just need to be better this year than I was last year.” — Ne-Yo, singer
He says, “New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me because I’ll be real disciplined for like a week and then I’ll fall off.” Ne-Yo has a good plan regardless: resolve to not make any resolutions. Personally, trying to be overall “better” than you were in a prior year is a perfect resolution.
3. “I don’t make ’em, ’cause I always break ’em.” — Dolly Parton, country starThough Parton has a similar mindset as Ne-Yo, she also went on to tell Female First that she will stay busy, which keeps her energetic. Her other secret? Naps. “Where I am, whatever I’m doing, I take a quick nap.” Not a bad resolution — more naps! (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:
- Stay motivated by signing up for races: Try registering for events that happen every few months so that you fit in one each season. If you’re always striving to reach a goal, you’ll always be training. (more…)
At least one amazing duo rang in the new year by meeting and completing their 2013 resolution, and it was a lofty one! About this time last year we learned about a couple who planned to run a marathon each day and make their way around the continent of Australia. Long story short: The couple ran into 2014 by finishing their 366th consecutive marathon.
Here’s a bit of background on the undertaking in case you missed our initial post: Last January 1st, Alan Murray and Janette Murray-Wakelin left Melbourne on foot for their first marathon of 2013. The 60-year-old grandparents set out to break a record, raise money for charity, and simply draw awareness to healthy living.
The jury’s still out on the long-term health value of following a juice fast. Sure, a single serving can contain a ton of vitamins and nutrients, but when you eliminate much of the fiber found in a fruit or vegetable you get rid of a lot of the digestion benefits too. However, a brief juice cleanse can act a short-term solution, mentally and physically allowing you to reset your health habits after, say, an overindulgent holiday season.
Most full-day juice plans contain about 6 juices and a total of 1,200 calories, well below the typical caloric intake of an average adult. Following such a plan for 1 to 3 days may help you lose weigh and reset your tastebuds to crave healthy foods.
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.
Here it is, January 1. It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and the day to start working on your resolutions. But after a holiday season of overindulging, and making the most of ringing in the New Year last night, you probably are less motivated than you’d like to be.
Finding the motivation to stick with your resolutions can be difficult, but we’re here to help, along with some tips from fitness expert Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method.
Anderson’s number-one tip is to stay away from resolutions that are driven by vanity. She told People magazine, “make personal goals based on looking at yourself, recognizing something in your life that is unhealthy that you need to get in check. Look for it within and look to what it is that you really want to accomplish and then how you are going to hold yourself accountable.”
New Year’s resolutions. Are you making one this year? If you’re like most Americans, you’ll resolve to take better care of yourself. And if you’re even more like most Americans, you’re not sure where to start. Consider starting on the first of January, with a commitment, a Commitment Run, that is.
The Commitment Day 5K is a nationwide, family-friendly run/walk. The purpose is for people to help start a national conversation about living a healthier life. The races take place all over the country and have partnered with the American Heart Association to support their “My Heart, My Life” healthy living initiative. By joining in this run or walk on January 1st, you are helping the American Heart Association (AMA) reach their goal of improving cardiovascular health of all Americans. (No time to register and train? Commit to doing a 5K in early 2014 then use our guide to help you select the right one.)