Now that we’re coming to the end of the year, it’s nice to look back on all that we’ve achieved. Perhaps you’re the kind of superwoman who sets herself a whole bookful of resolutions and ticks them off throughout the year. (In which case why are you reading?! You’ve got this down already!) If you’re not that kind of woman however, then perhaps it’s time to take some tips on board.
Achieve Your Fitness Goals with a Team Sport
A great way to reach your fitness goals this new year is to sign up for a team sport. Ohio has a pretty great track record with basketball and, although you’re unlikely to be taking part in the battle between the Clippers and the Lakers this time around, having a team around you and the electric atmosphere of the basketball court is a great way to spur you on and keep you motivated.
If basketball isn’t rocking your boat, then maybe you need to make your team a bit smaller? Playing doubles tennis or badminton only requires two of you (and of course another team to play with!). It could be a really nice way to spend a bit more quality time with your partner, or it could be a really effective way of getting you and your bestie out of the bar and into your workout gear. Whichever one you opt for, tennis and badminton are both great cardio based workouts.
Be Realistic With Your Expectations
One of the most important things to remember when making your resolutions is to be realistic with your expectations. Some people just aren’t designed for marathon running, especially if they haven’t left the couch in the last couple of years. Find things that you already enjoy in life, or have some aptitude for and focus on those. If you love nothing more than kicking back with a book, but can’t recall the last time you made it through a whole one, then make it a goal to read 6 books next year. If you achieve it, make it 12 books the next year. Increasing incrementally in this way means you’re far more likely to stick to your goals and eventually achieve what you set out to.
Try to Make Time for ‘Me-Time’
In this busy busy busy modern world, it’s so important to make time for ourselves. It can be very easy to fall into the trap of making all of our New Year’s Resolutions about everyone else. Perhaps it’s to take on more tasks at work or see more of the in-laws, but rarely do we stop to consider ourselves. A really worthwhile resolution this year could be to invest some time into our mental health. Just ten minutes a day spent practicing meditation could make a whole world of difference to our energy levels and concentration. Similarly factoring a little yoga into our exercise routine is a great way to leave yourself feeling relaxed and grounded (not to mention a great workout in itself!).