As you look in the rear view mirror to the year gone by, another year is upon us and with it comes a laundry list of resolutions. Of course, exercise usually falls somewhere in the top 10. But before we talk getting fit for 2016, remember that the key to successful resolutions start with a few things:
- Be realistic – don’t aim for abs in a week! Results happen over time … not overnight. Think ‘lifestyle change’ and not ‘dramatic dieting’!
- Write them down – this simple task can actually get you that much closer to success. Seeing your goals written on paper helps to solidify them in your mind and makes them more real.
- Don’t beat yourself up – don’t be afraid to modify your resolution. If you realize that it just wasn’t as realistic as you thought it would be, don’t give up just alter it slightly to make it more attainable.
Speaking of realistic, when it comes to exercise the best thing you can do to start the year off strong, is to PLAN AHEAD. If it’s joining a new yoga studio in the neighbourhood, make sure you check their schedule way in advance; mark the classes in your calendar for the next three months and commit to attend.
If you don’t have a gym or yoga membership and prefer home workouts, let your family know that you will be having a little sweat session in the living room on certain days. Get everyone in the household involved and they will support your success.
For a lot of us, it’s not so easy to get out of the house so this is where this 15-minute workout can come in handy. It’s efficient and effective and you can do it right in the comfort of your own home. Try this one first thing in the morning before breakfast (and ideally before the kids wake up).
Here’s a quick video to show you the various moves. Written instructions follow.
|Do these exercises in a circuit fashion with minimal rest between each exercise. Rest 30 seconds at the end of each cycle. Repeat as many rounds as possible for 15 minutes.|
|Plank||30 seconds and build up gradually|
|As with any exercise program you must know your own body and get medical advice prior to attempting.|
Aim to do this circuit twice a week and then progress to three times a week. If done correctly, it should feel like a cardio workout … and you should be sweating!
Furthermore, don’t forget to eat something post workout. Here’s an awesome breakfast smoothie from NoTummyMommy that is easy and delicious! It is sure to get your workout morning off to a great start.
If your new year’s resolution is to get fit, follow this fitness routine, be realistic, and adjust as you go. And by the time next year rolls around you’ll be looking in the mirror at a whole new you!