Here we are again—another year come and gone. How does time fly by so quickly? I distinctly remember sitting down last year at this time and writing my resolutions. The problem with resolutions is that we often only keep up with them for a month or so before giving up or forgetting our original intentions. I know I do. One of my resolutions from last year that I actually stuck with was incorporating yoga into my life more frequently. How did I do this? I started out by going to yoga whenever I felt like I needed a good stretch. Then, eventually, I found out that my studio was looking for workers to man the front desk in exchange for yoga classes. Viola! A commitment that’s kept me coming back once a week.
While it sounds doable to set 10 small goals for yourself, sometimes I think setting one goal and making a specific plan on how to achieve this particular goal is more doable. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Ok, great. How are you going to do this? Are you going to commit to a gym 5x/week, count calories using a food tracking app like Lose It or My Fitness Pal or start using a step tracker? It doesn’t matter how you do it, what matters is that you follow through with it and that YOU hold yourself accountable.
My goal for 2015—my New Year’s resolution, if you will—is to incorporate REGULAR fitness back into my life, whatever that may be. I think it’s easy to fall off the fitness wagon and almost inevitable at some point or another. And guess what? That’s ok! The important thing is, not only wanting to get back on the fitness train, but actually getting back on it. When I was in college I worked out religiously. This could be for one of two reasons: 1) My apartment was literally 20 steps away from the gym or 2) A college schedule is typically less hectic than a working schedule, and a bit less tiring too (in my opinion). Ever since graduating in 2013, my workout schedule has been very on off. My goal for 2015 is to have more ‘on’ weeks than ‘off’ weeks.
But, along with incorporating regular fitness into my life, I want to continue to listen to my body. Old time readers know that I have lower back pain and have had it for years. The truth is, no matter what I do, I don’t think it will ever completely go away. The key is listening to my body and avoiding exercises that aggravate it. If there’s one thing I did right in 2014, it was listening to my body. Though it can be very back and forth as far as wanting to push myself and wanting to listen to take it easy, I think I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on it. If your body is sore and tired, take a rest day; if your body is feeling sluggish, then get up and move! Our bodies are smarter than we give them credit for.
My suggestion for everyone is to find ONE thing you want to improve upon—just one—and stick to it. Remind yourself of it daily, whether it’s through a reminder on your phone or in a planner/journal. When July 2015 rolls around, remind yourself of that goal and why you set it in the first place and continue to strive toward it.
Oh, and if your goal is to live a simpler life, head on over to my dear friend Marisa’s blog, Uproot from Oregon. She is running a Back to Basics challenge throughout the month of January and I’m kind of obsessed with the idea. We could all use a bit more simplicity in our lives, no?
Q: What is your New Year’s resolution? Have you ever fallen off the fitness train?