Do you make resolutions each year you know you will never stick to?
New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to as most of the time we set ourselves unrealistic goals which are unattainable.
Personal Trainer Max Ziegler of Core The Studio recommends ‘setting realistic goals’ when making intentions for the year ahead. Here he lets us know his top 8 fitness resolutions and offers his advice on how best to stick to them.
1. Get more sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep each night is very important to your health. To best achieve this goal, set yourself a time to go to bed each night and wake up each morning. It will quickly become a routine and therefore easier to stick to.
2. Sign up for a race
Signing up for a race is a great way of getting yourself motivated to move more. Sign up for a charity race you believe in and it will help to get you out on the road running for a cause you are passionate about.
3. Get a Personal Trainer
Some people require a helping hand in their push for a healthier lifestyle. At Core the Studio Max Ziegler’s clients stick to their goals and see successes quickly as they follow a structured program designed specifically for them by a qualified PT.
4. Download an app
Max tells us how he is a real fan of the app Headspace. Ditto!
The app helps him centre himself and reminds him to dedicate time to meditate.
Other apps like Nike+ Run Club can also be great, presenting you with motivational reasons to get running when you are feeling unmotivated.
5. Find time for pilates
Dedicating time to daily Pilates classes can be unrealistic, instead, take a couple week and incorporate it into your daily lifestyle. Pilates can be practised anywhere, be it at the desk or on a mat in your bedroom. Natalie of Core The Studio will give you pilates moves you can fit around your lifestyle. The benefits of practising pilates are endless, it will help prevent back pain, improve muscle tone, better your breathing habits and promote a better nights sleep.
6. Take 10 minutes to meditate each day
Take 10 minutes daily to meditate. It will get your mind in the right state to deal with all that life brings and prevent stress and overwhelming feelings. 10 minutes is short enough for you to incorporate it easily into your day whilst allowing enough time to feel the effects.
7. Drink 2 litres of water a day
The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man. To make it easier to fit this into your lifestyle invest in a 2-litre bottle and acknowledge the level of water left as you drink it throughout the day.
8. Walk for 30 mins a day
Walking for 30 minutes a day can do wonders for your body whilst allowing you to continue living your busy life. It can make a great difference to your health and can contribute to weight loss. Livestrong states “If you weigh 150 pounds and walk uphill for 30 minutes at 3.5 mph every day for one week, you will burn 200 calories. Multiply 200 calories by 7 days, for a total of 1,400 calories. In four weeks you will have burned 5,600 calories. This equals a weight loss of 1.6 pounds in four weeks.”