We are two weeks into 2013 already. How are those resolutions holding up? Did you make a resolution related to eating healthier or working out more? You are not alone! If you are like me, it’s hit and miss so far… but a good start. But I am determined to not let a small lapse or a missed day at the gym make me give up on establishing a better routine. Soon will be the time of year when most people completely drop their resolutions in these areas. To keep your motivation going strong, how about try some of these tips. They appeal to me, at least!
image via Nike
1. Gadgets are fun, but even better is seeing the results of your physical fitness efforts! Try a pedometer or fancy accelerometer like Nike’s FuelBand to track your daily movement and send results right to your smart phone! Having a count of how many calories you are burning throughout the day has a definitely effect on your momentum and more aware of not only how much you move during the day, but also the kind of foods you consume. It would be so satisfying to have the number validation literally at your fingertips (or wrist, anyway).
image via New Balance
2. New shoes, especially pretty ones like ones offered by New Balance, that are a good fit for your foot type makes running a whole lot more enjoyable. In Tulsa, you can go to Fleet Feet where they will help you find the best shoe for your body and type of training. Runners World has great running gear as well. Both stores have local race schedules and training programs, so you can run in a group of people on your running level (running with others is great motivation to keep going!).
image via Zumba Houston
3. Try some fun classes. If you recently joined a gym, check out the types of classes it offers and what the schedule is for each class that interests you. My personal favorites at my gym are lunch time yoga class and evening Zumba class. Zumba is a blast because it gets your heart-rate going AND teaches you some dance moves (and I need all the help I can get in THAT department!). If you don’t belong to a gym, many locations offer individual classes you can pay as you go. Check your local locations to see if this is an option. In Tulsa, The Yoga Room offers “drop-in” prices or smaller packages if you are not ready to drop the money for a full membership. And Vixen Studio offers fun classes such as Zumba, pole dancing and hip hop dance!
image via Lululemon
4. Adorable accessories help make going to the gym a bit more exciting, as well. Drinking lots of water to stay hydrated is a must. Who says it can’t be in a super-cute water bottle like this one from Lululemon?
What other things motivate you to keep going when the chilly weather and dark afternoons of winter try to bring you down?