New Year Resolutions – Working Out Getting Back in Shape 2018


The most popular new year resolutions are to lose weight, get fit, eat right and reduce stress. While many people make New Year’s resolutions, according to U.S. News, up to 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. The fatal flaw with New Year’s resolutions and most goal-setting, for that matter is that we typically bite off more than we can chew. We’re not setting realistic goals. Most of us want to begin the year off with a fresh and healthy start, but oftentimes resolutions can be unrealistic or hard to maintain long-term. Here are things that can help you keep your 2018 New Year’s resolution. Don’t forget to comment below to let us know what you think.

You need a goal. Otherwise how do you know where you’re going and how you get there? Having a goal gives you a vision, a destination, a desired end state – something you can look forward to and that will power the desire and motivation to keep moving forward.

But the goal has to be clear and unambiguous. And it’s got to be realistic. So first, let’s talk about what makes a good goal. We’re going to borrow an oft mentioned business concept – the SMART goal (SMART is an acronym.)

SMART goals are:

  • Specific – The goal must be clearly defined or identified.
  • Measurable – It’s best if the goal can be measured in a quantitative, unambiguous way.
  • Achievable – Ambitious goals are good, but it needs to be within our reach (maybe with a bit of stretch).
  • Relevant – The goal should apply to you, and your desires about what you wish to become or how you want to improve your situation. Therefore, you’ve got to set your own goals – nobody can do it for you.
  • Timely – Having a timeline by which you will accomplish your goal (a deadline, if you will) is an important concept – it helps drive motivation and is critical to the planning step of the process.

Here’s some examples of good and bad goals:

BAD: Get healthy.
GOOD: Lose 3″ from waistline, and improve blood work and blood pressure to acceptable levels in 6 months.

“Get healthy” is just too vague – what does it mean? Where do we start? The second example, on the other hand is very specific, measurable, achievable (hopefully), relevant, and timely. That’s a good goal.

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If you want to gift yourself with something that can help you track your health and fitness goals, there are few new gadgets and apps that are worth a look. Give yourself this Motiv Ring for the holidays, which looks like a chic piece of hand candy.

However, Motiv has a secret superpower it tracks your heart rate, sleep patterns, and activity. Also, if the gym is not your jam, grab your BFF and try out a virtual meditation and movement class, like this new platform from Movement + Meditation Coach Kait Hurley.

You can get a monthly subscription for way less than the cost of a gym membership, and use it as often as you like. But, it’s affordable enough that you don’t have to feel guilty if you skip a week.

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We’re particularly excited about this New Year’s resolution, because we know firsthand how much weightlifting can change your life and your body! You’ll boost your metabolism, feel so strong and empowered, and create lean, powerful muscle that will impact your everyday movements and life (walking up flights of stairs will feel completely different!). It may seem intimidating at first, but just start small and work your way up until you build strength.

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One of the biggest mistakes resolutioners make is trying to take on too much too soon. Instead, look at fitness as a trek rather than a sprint and break it into smaller chunks of manageable goals and expectations.

“I have competed in events that span more than 50 miles,” says Donoghue. “But instead of looking at it as having to do 50 miles in a single effort, I tell myself to complete just one mile-and repeat that mantra 50 times. Give yourself a break and focus on making a solid effort every day, one day at a time.”

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This might seem like an easy tip to do, but it’s an important one. Cleaning out the pantry of all junk foods like chips, and cookies is a must! It is impossible to out work bad eating habits. Think of the body as a fine tuned car engine that runs better on 100% synthetic oil versus a low-grade oil. This can be difficult to do, so starting off with baby steps will make the task easier to handle. Switching out soda for sparkling water is a great place to start. Don’t be afraid to add a bowl of fresh fruits and veggies to the fridge as well.

If the fridge is a common place for the whole family, simple placing unhealthy snacks out of sight will help. Out of sight, out of mind! Placing a fruit basket fill with pears, apples and bananas in the middle of a table is a better option than a bag of chips. This is probably the best tip to achieving a healthy physique for 2018.

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If you’re working out to lose weight or build muscle, make sure your diet supports those goals. But even if your goal is simply to get fitter and healthier and feel better, your diet could be what determines how much energy you have for a workout and how you recover after exercising. Giovinazzo recommends having carbs (like a piece of fruit) before you work out and more carbs along with some protein after you work out (say turkey with rice).

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It’s hard to deny that the right music can have an impact on both your motivation and performance.

Regardless of your taste, there’s value in integrating your personal favorites with your workouts. That said, you’re going to need an armband and Bluetooth headphones if you want the experience to be as hassle free as possible.

Listening to music can elevate your effort, but not if you have a cable flopping around, impeding your movement. Ordinarily, I prefer wired headphones, but Bluetooth ones have proven themselves to be perfect gym companions. Jaybird’s X3 pair is the Insider Picks choice for the best bluetooth headphone for sports. If you’re not ready to ditch your favorite wired pair, use Anker’s Sports Armband.

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