New Year Without Pressure

Goals, Plans, Resolutions

Happy New Years Eve! How are you feeling about the year ahead of you? Many of us take this opportunity to review our life. The start of a New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start. Undo the mistakes you’ve made, change the things you don’t like about your life. As one quote I found preparing for this blog said “it’s the first blank page of a 365 page book”. All of this is true, but is anyone else feeling a bit of pressure to turn your world upside down?

As a fitness facility we want to be part of your health care goals. Provide not only the opportunity to exercise, but the motivation to attend all year long. Motivation does not come naturally to all of us. If you are someone who does not exercise, the idea of attending can feel like a chore, another task to add to your ‘to do’ list. There is pressure to loose weight, watch the scale, achieve monthly goals. But exercise should be about health care prevention, a form of maintenance, a way to keep your body functioning efficiently.

The key to making exercise apart of your life is to find a way to move that your body enjoys. Find a place where you can escape for an hour.  Commit to attending on a regular basis, give it a couple of months to see if it grows on you.

Build Your Exercise Habit

The hardest part is getting started. We have found the best success with clients who commit to attending classes a minimum of 3x per week. They schedule their classes weekly and stick to the schedule. At the beginning you will have days that you want to cancel. You will debate attending class. That is normal, and OK. The key is to push past and still attend. You never regret attending a class. You feel good after and that good feeling keeps you going.

If energy is an issue, focusing on your nutrition is a great idea. Take a look at what you eat during the day and how often will help ensure you have the energy to get your workout in. We are very excited to have Jillian Walsh, lead Registered Dietitian at change.creates.change. Nutrition has become so complicated with all of these fad diets, conflicting research, eat fat – don’t eat fat, carbs are bad – you need carbs, GMO good or bad etc. It’s enough to make your head spin! Jillian offers a Nutrition Check Up to review your current habits and how to make small easy changes to ensure you are getting all that you need from your nutrition. Some extended health care plans cover Dietitians and you can use the receipt on your tax returns as a health care expense.

Tweak and Commit

You don’t have to turn your life upside down to make  improvements to your health. Small changes, tweaks to your current habits can make a world of difference. See the New Year as opportunity to try new things that can improve your life, your health. If you try it and it doe not fit, that’s ok, just keep working towards finding the change that works for you. The key is to make a commitment, give it some time to see if it is right for you.