For many, it’s an annual tradition to begin a strict fitness and diet program on January 1st. However, more often than not, we set ourselves up to fail by working toward a virtually impossible goal. Dr. Belisa Vranich, sports psychologist and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Member, advises Americans to keep New Year’s resolutions attainable. After all, it is much more difficult to fail at a large ambition than it is to accomplish several smaller goals. Below, Vranich gives you the tools you need to set a realistic fitness New Year’s resolution and finally succeed in 2008.
1. Add a thousand steps to your day. This can be accomplished by simply parking further away from your destination, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and taking a leisurely walk on your lunch break.GO BACK
2. Lower your cholesterol by ten points. Your cholesterol level is directly linked to your lifestyle. Resolve to lower your intake of saturated fats and fried foods or to finally quit smoking.
3. Improve your diet. Vranich recommends making small changes that will really stick, such as committing to consume at least one additional glass of water a day and remembering to have a small snack in between meals.
4. Find a workout buddy. Aim to find someone with similar goals to yours for encouragement to stay on track and committed to your resolution.
5. Multi-task while exercising. Vranich suggests listening to books on tape while you walk on the treadmill or workup a sweat on the elliptical machine or bicycle. “This will allow you to blast calories, while increasing your brain power,” comments Vranich.