Ok; I admit it’s been a few hundred hot minutes since my last Fitness Friday post. I wish I could say I was busy hitting the gym and avoiding junk food, but the charges on my credit card bill prove I’ve been avoiding the gym and hitting the junk food.
So, I’m joining forces with those whose 2014 resolution is to get healthy and fit—whether that means exercising more, eating better, or pretending to be optimistic.
I’ve done some research and found a few tips that should help us restart on the right foot.
- Start small. The last thing you want to do is push yourself too far one day and then use it as an excuse not to push at all for the next three. Just think, “I’m gonna walk for 30 minutes, and although I could probably do more today, I’ll save a little something for tomorrow.” Obviously you’ll ramp up over time,
- Along the same lines, don’t suddenly starve yourself. It doesn’t take much to reduce your calorie intake. Here’s what my trainer told me: be conscious of what you eat all day—I write it down. Pick your favorite meal and eat the less-healthy foods then. Over time, you’ll consume fewer cal’s during the splurge meal and throughout the day.
- Get some sleep. This year, sleep is not just for nighttime; numerous studies indicate that naps help you feel better, think better, and look better. I came across an article that suggested you keep naps under 20 min or over 2 hours. I’ll be testing that one, for sure.
Richy T.—Napped through 2013; ready for 2014