If you (like so many of us) are looking to form healthier habits as we begin the new decade, but aren’t sure where to start, check out this resource guide we’ve assembled to help you get organized and sustain momentum through January and beyond.
1.) Start right now!
Doing something actionable on the very first day of January can help set the tone for a productive month! Precision Personal Training is offering a FREE hour-long workout TODAY and non-members are welcome; 10am-11am at their downtown Vancouver studio, 1012 Washington St, Suite 120. They’re requesting a $5 donation to Friends of the Children. Register here.
2.) The weather outside is frightful, but a workout can still be delightful
This season can inspire an urge to hibernate, but our friends at Kaiser have compiled a handy list of winter fitness tips to help keep you moving; here are some highlights:
- Hike in the lowlands. You’ll find many trails that remain snow-free throughout the winter, especially in coastal areas … Don’t overlook parks and greenbelts in urban areas, many of which include a network of trails
- Light up the night. If you walk or run outside after dark, wear reflective clothing (so you’re easy to spot) and a headlamp to help you see your way … And then enjoy the dark. “Darkness changes the equation and provides more opportunity to meditate. Your senses are heightened,” says Dr. Schaaf
- Healthy at home. Dr. Schaaf adds a twist to exercising in front of the TV: “Every time a certain character comes on, I do a different exercise. It keeps it interesting.” A stationary bike also provides good indoor exercise
Find the full article here.
3.) Smoothie smarts
To cut calories, some opt to replace meals with a smoothie – and smoothies are also a great vehicle for getting your daily recommended amounts of fruit & veggies – but it’s important to know what criteria a smoothie should meet to be a viable meal replacement. Check out this article from The Kitchn with some helpful tips.
4.) Instead of a total diet overhaul, try these month-by-month “mini-resolutions”
This article offers 12 small resolutions to help clean up your diet in 2020 – way easier to tackle than the sweeping changes most fad diets require. The author writes: “You can introduce these small goals with each new month, however the order you tackle them depends on your individual needs. For example, you may find that it makes sense to start the New Year by avoiding triggers and seeking support – and then add the other diet suggestions in the order you wish.”
5.) Exercise at your desk = deskercise
Okay, so it’s a little “trendy,” but for those of us whose jobs involve a lot of sitting, deskercise can be a great way to sneak in a quick workout – this article has lots of ideas to try. While the type of exercise possible in a work setting is no replacement for the amount of physical activity research says we should strive for (the AHA recommends either 150 min of moderate intensity physical activity per week OR 75 min of vigorous exercise per week), “you can do stretching, muscle-strengthening, and even short stints of aerobic exercises right at your desk (or maybe in a vacant conference room or stairwell). After all, doctors say any amount of exercise helps – the benefits are cumulative.”