Fitness Friday — New Year, Right Attitude! — 12/30/11

New Year, Right Attitude!
Fitness Friday — 12/30/11

Sunday is January 1st and with New Year’s Day comes New Year’s
Resolutions. It’s the official time of year that we can all hit the
reset button, wipe the slate clean, and finally become that more
productive and fit version of ourselves. There’s no shortage of advice
on how to break old habits or make the new ones stick, especially when
it comes to diet and fitness. But why do so many fail? If you’re like
most, your commitment to becoming healthier has faded by February. The
real problem isn’t a lack of time, or will power… it’s in setting the
right goals and changing your mindset. WinkNews Fitness Expert Mike
Drumm is here today to share his tips to help you change your attitude
toward fitness and achieve your fitness goals in 2012.

Resolutions are a great idea, but instead of doing the same things,
and making the same promises, this year it’s time to change the rules.
Only 1/2 of American’s even attempt to make resolutions anymore, and
only about half of those are still sticking with them 6 months from

1. Be more consistent. If you’re a weekend warrior or one of those
exercisers who works out like mad for several days in a row and then
ignores the gym for days or weeks, it’s time to make exercise a
regular part of your routine.

2. Get specific. Make those plans as precise as possible. Rather than
just aiming to exercise more, plan out the exact days and times of gym

3. Keep it real. It’s essential to make realistic resolutions to
prevent an all-out emotional breakdown and backslide come February.
Reaching the resolution finish line is as much about the journey as
the result, and it’s important to not be miserable along the way.
*If cutting out fast food altogether is a no-go, commit to healthier
fast food options or a weekly maximum

4. Share it. We are more likely to keep a resolution if we talk about
it with friends and family

5. Break it down. “Lose weight” may be too intangible. “Lose one pound
a week,” on the other hand, is more easy to measure and achieve.

6. Time it. In general, experts say it takes 21 to 28 days to learn a
habit, but if that hand isn’t regularly reaching for the floss by the
end of January, there’s no need to panic.

7. Keep track.
Charting your progress, your workouts, your distance and/or time keeps
you engaged in every workout. Use a watch, a notebook, a cool fitness
app or a calendar to record your workout stats, which can be as simple
as the number of minutes you spent working up a sweat, the number of
pounds you lifted at the gym or the number of calories you burned
while on the run.

8. Team up. It may be easy to find pals with similar goals, but their
goal-achieving style is what really matters. Planners should pair up
with doers and people who like to do all their research first should
stick with others who tend to jump right in.

9. Find balance.
Stop doing the same thing day in and day out. Not only does repetition
breed boredom, it can lead to overuse injuries and muscular imbalances
that hamper performance. Starting in January, add or change one
element of your exercise routine each and every month. If change isn’t
your friend, begin with subtle adjustments like altering your running
route (even if it’s as simple as doing the same route backwards) or
the order in which you hit the weight machines.

10. Start now. It’s never too soon to start brainstorming and jotting
down New Year’s resolutions. Trust us, the morning after a New Year’s
Eve party is not the best time to make life-changing decisions.

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