Jumpstart on Summer Svelte

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Starting a new year is exciting! The possibilities are endless. It’s a new experience, a blank slate, 365 opportunities to get it right. I’m not really a “resolution” person myself; instead I strive to set manageable goals.  I find we can be quite ambitious with our resolutions at the beginning of the year, and when we don’t keep them it causes disappointment and frustration. This year as you write down goals, resolutions, or lifestyle fitness changes, remember that it’s never too late to revisit or revise any goal you’ve set for yourself. You can start NOW & this is the prime time to get a jump start on that summer bod. Here are my top 3 suggestions to get your body ready for the summer months.

  1. Set Manageable goals – We, and I say we because I do it was well, get really ambitious at the start of a new year. We are excited and sometimes our “britches get too big for our behinds,” as my grandmother would say, or in other words we bite off more than we can chew. It’s important to set yourself up for success. Set manageable workout goals that you can maintain for the long haul. Think “life style change.” Create a workout regime that is not only doable, but also “trackable” (a word I made up for my clients).  It’s important that you track your progress. But by NO MEANS am I saying that you need to step on the scale every day. Please don’t! But you do need to weigh yourself every 30 days to make adjustments to your routine and nutrition. You should also track the weight, sets, and reps of each exercise so that you can see the progression of your strength. Seeing your results will motivate you through these winter months.
  2. Acknowledge that nutrition IS the battle – I tell my clients all the time, you can break your neck in the gym with me 3 or 4 times a week but if you’re not eating right, it’s all in vain. Make sure you’re not sabotaging all that hard work in the gym my chowing down excessively at home. Again, make a lifestyle change, not just a goal. For example, don’t eat after a certain time at night, or increase your water intake. No one enjoys counting calories but if you’re serious about losing a substantial amount of weight a simple phone app can help you monitor what you’re eating. You’ll be surprised to find what’s in foods you think are “healthy.”
  3. Get connected –  Join a group or class with like-minded people to encourage you through this process. Perhaps recruit a friend to be your workout buddy. If you’re not a “people person” there are plenty of on online fitness communities you can join to help keep you motivated and hold you accountable. Having support as you embark on this journey will prove invaluable.

Good luck! And happy New Year!