This is the time of year that your Facebook and Instagram feeds start to fill up with newly resolute “friends” checking into the gym at 5 a.m., bragging about their latest WOD, and posting healthy food porn morning noon and night. We understand your impulse to defriend each and every one of these over-achievers, but we think you’ll find comfort in the fact that only 8% of people who make resolutions actually keep them.
Awww, there’s that smile we know and love!
Statistics like that is exactly why we’re putting a fresh twist on the stalest resolution in the book. If one of your top resolutions was to eat healthier and work out more, but you’re sitting around, eating cake pops, shopping online and reading blogs, don’t worry (we’ve found that writing blogs is also an excellent form of exercise procrastination) … in our book, you’re on the right track to striking the right balance in 2015.
You see, with each passing year, not only do we start getting gray hairs in unexpected places, we also begin to develop a certain laissez faire approach to things like resolutions. The New Year is a great time to reset and set new goals—but all too often, resolutions are centered on depriving ourselves versus making ourselves happier. Why bother making a resolution so impossible you’re likely to give up by February 1? And who wants to watch what they eat every single second of the day? That’s why this year, we resolve to be both fit and indulgent—the trick is finding the right balance between the two. So enjoy your mint chocolate chip ice cream—just call it your cheat day and resolve to take the stairs instead of the elevator tomorrow.
Here are a few tips for kicking your fitness routine up a notch and still making time for the sweeter things in life.
Keep your gym bag packed and ready to go at all times, whether it’s in the trunk of your car or under your desk at work. That way, you won’t have any excuse to miss your evening workout.
Zazzle tip: Are you an a.m. exerciser? If an easy-to-reach snooze button keeps you from waking up for your morning workout, try keeping your alarm clock farther from your bed so you have to get up to turn it off. Keep your gym bag right by your alarm clock.
There are dozens of fitness apps you can download on your phone to help mix up your fitness routine and keep you motivated. Read online reviews to see which ones may fit your interests. If you prefer to do your own thing, customize an energizing playlist designed to keep you motivated throughout your workout. And of course, a fitness-inspired iPhone case can help remind you to work out.
Did someone say chocolate? Oh yes, we did. Reward yourself every now and then with a sweet treat. Pick one day a week to indulge in your favorite guilty pleasure.
You’ll want to keep your hair out of your face while you do crunches—but also while you cook and eat (because no one wants food in their hair on cheat day).
Bribe yourself. Every time you work out, put $5 in your new Goal Jar. Every month, treat yourself to dinner, a cooking class or an expensive bottle of wine. Or save up all year and put your workout earnings toward a vacation or new gadget.
With every passing New Year, it’s easier and easier to skip the resolutions altogether. But whether you make an official list of resolutions or not, the important thing is to keep working on improving yourself, whether that means fitting in an extra 15-minute walk a day or enjoying half a pint of your favorite ice cream once in a while.