We’re halfway through December and by now, you’re probably thinking about what you could change for the better when another New Year comes calling.
According to a study by YouGov, 35% of adults planned to lose weight as their New Year’s resolution last year, with another 33% hoping to get fitter, and another 31% aiming to eat more healthily. However, the same study found that 63% of adults failed to stick to their New Year’s resolution, for numerous reasons.
We place of a lot of pressure on ourselves to start the New Year right, making it even harder to accept defeat when it all goes wrong. If you’re planning on getting fitter in the New Year, why wait? Why not start your preparations now, so that you’ve gotten into the habit for when 1st January arrives?
You might have heard of the saying “summer bodies are made in the winter”, and it’s absolutely true. While there may be a number of six or eight week body programmes that promise to give you your ideal body just before the summer holidays, the chances of this becoming a reality are little to none. Instead, by committing yourself to your resolution early on, you have plenty of time to fit in a fair few workouts, improve your diet, and see the progress you are making.
Here are a few tips from our friends at MOMA on how to begin preparing for your New Year fitness resolution, to see the best results come summer.
It could be anything from buying new sports clothes and footwear, applying for a gym membership, or even getting yourself a bike for Christmas. Think about the sort of exercise you want to be doing and make a list of anything you might need to carry it out.
But don’t leave it at fitness – think about your nutrition, too! Anything from blenders to bulk buying health foods, prepare yourself for a fantastic new diet!
Temptation lies in the depths of the fridge, especially when there’s piles of unhealthy food to snack on. Throwing out anything bad that could draw you away from your goals is something that should be done before the New Year begins. You could even start filling it with healthier alternatives, including plenty of fruit and vegetables, yoghurt and poultry, to name just a few.
The same goes for your cupboards, too – don’t think you can get away with the chocolate and crisps stored away on the shelves! Of course, you should keep hold of a little something to treat yourself to when you’ve had a good week.
Speaking of which, it’s important to remember that we are all bound to have lapses on bad days, so try not take things too seriously, and all yourself the leeway every so often.
It’s all well and good stocking up on healthy, nutritious foods, but what about when it comes to cooking them? Planning your meals is a great way of sticking to your healthy lifestyle, as well as knowing what to buy when you head to the shops.
Think about what’s going to keep you feeling full and make sure your meals are varied, with plenty of protein, fibre and complex carbohydrates involved. For example, porridge is a great breakfast choice, especially when paired with fresh fruit, a dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of maple syrup. This tasty combination is healthy and nutritious, will keep you feeling full until lunchtime, and can help you on your way to fitness success!
Whether it’s reaching a certain distance or time when running, or even booking a holiday to achieve your goals in time for, having various milestones to reach along your fitness journey will encourage you to keep going. Think about what you hope to achieve every month, or every few months, and create your milestones before the new year arrives.
These are just a few ways to start preparing yourself for fit and healthy new year, but if you have any of your own tips that have proved successful in the past, share them with us!