Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fitness Promises To Make Yourself in 2015

As you will see, my husband and I went for our first run as a couple this week and I really hope it is something that we continue to do.

The start of a new year is a great time to make promises to yourself and to look at what you would like to change for the next year. Even if you have has a fantastic 2014 (and I hope you have!) there is probably something that you would like to change for 2015. Even if it is something small, now is the time to change it and make positive changes going into the new year.

One thing that many people tell me that they would like to change is their fitness levels. Although most of us know what we should be doing to stay fit and healthy that doesn't mean that we actually do it. We live busy lives and often this becomes the perfect excuse to let our fitness levels slip and so now is the best time to change it. You have a few weeks of 2014 left so enjoy them and resound yourself to making a few changes for 2015.

Making New Year's Resolutions

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to go too extreme. If you become too strict with yourself then you'll find it impossible to keep up in the long term. Instead, you need to set yourself realistic goals and make sure they're things that you'll be able to keep up past January.

There is little point promising yourself you'll never eat chocolate again if you are used to eating it every day. After a few weeks you'll find the cravings far too hard to resist. Instead look at getting back on chocolate as this is a goal you are much more likely to keep up.

What you can do is kick start your new regime by having a detox month. You can use January as a month to be on your best behaviour for everything. As you know this is on 31 days it is easier to keep up because there is an end in sight. When February comes around you can start to eat normally again, just don't go all the way and undo all of your hard work.

Things To Change About The Way You Eat

One great goal for 2015 is to make changes to the way that you eat. This doesn't mean suddenly eating salads for every meal and never touching a biscuit again. Instead, it is about making realistic changes and looking at what you can change for the better. One good eat that many people are undertaking is taking part in Meat Free Monday. This is an initiative to have a vegetarian day once a week. This meal can then be made up of loads of vegetables which is great for  your body. It is also the perfect excuse to experiment with your cooking and try something new once a week!

You should aim to make your meals as colourful as possible as this makes the much nicer to eat. Perhaps you could make it your goal to ensure that you eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. You could even aim to cut out a snack during the day and swap it for something healthier. If you look up recipes and fitness inspiration online you'll find lots of ways to make this much easier to achieve.

Getting Your Body Moving

One really positive change you can make for 2015 is to get your body moving much more often. This doesn't mean you have to join a gym. Instead try to think of a hobby or sport you have always wanted to try and take this up. Exercise comes in many different forms so you don't have to spend 2015 running on a treadmill.

Horse riding is a fantastic way to get out there, try something new and improve your fitness levels. If you look for local horse riding schools and stables then you'll probably find someone that can help you with this. Try to look for someone who has a good social media presence and a new site design online. This helps to reassure you that they are a company you should take seriously. Swimming, roller-skating, ice-skating, hiking and other sports are great ways to improve your fitness levels.

Giving Your Body What It Needs

The trick when it comes to health is to listen to your body. Your body knows what it wants and is quite good at telling you what it needs. If you are feeling tired and lifeless then you could be lacking nutrition. If this is the case then you need to pack your diet full of even more fruits and vegetables. It could even be worth considering a natural supplement of some kind too.
If you feel thirsty then this is a sign that your body is dehydrated. Ideally you want to be drinking enough every day that you never feel thirsty. This means at least 6-8 glasses of water each day.

If you find that you are thirsty each day then make sure you up this and drink even more. Your body will tell you what it needs so listen to it. Flavouring water is a good way to keep it interesting and encouraging you to drink enough each day.

Staying Motivated

It is easy to get carried away and vow to spend 2015 eating and drinking perfectly for all 12 months. Whilst this is a lovely idea it is probably something that you won't keep up. Instead, you need to set yourself goals that you know you have a chance to keep up. Like me running with my husband, it is something that we should we should be able to keep up without too much hassle. Think about what is realistic for you and make new year resolutions accordingly. For now though, enjoy the last of this year and have a very happy holidays!

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