Those end-of-the-year diet and exercise commercials have begun already and the New Year hasn't even begun. You know the ones,
--How to burn fat with this pill or diet.
--Sign up for 30 days at your local gym and get fit fast.
--Juice, its all the rage!
But why begin to reconstitute your fitness plan when the clock strikes midnight? Why not, first quickly review how you did in the previous year to learn from any triumphs or mistakes? Here are 5 reasons why reviewing your exercise and diet can help you make smart decisions for the New Year.
1. You Spent How Much Money? Quickly do an assessment of how much money you spent on gym memberships, yoga classes, special dietary supplements, and any other diet and exercise related expenditures. How much was it? Did you see a result? Do you feel better for doing it? If the money was well spent, then keep your budget in mind and make similar choices to continue on your fitness and diet path into the New Year.
2. Does the Camera Lie? Have you taken a look at the pictures on Instagram or Facebook from the beginning of the year and through the course of year? Do you see any differences in your body, your facial expressions or how you seem to feel? This is a great way to take a step back and really look at any transformation that took place. If it was good, keep up the good work! If it seems to have backfired...recharge, reassess and get a new plan.
3. Those Favorite Jeans, Still Fit? Go into the closet, pull out your favorite clothes that have to button. Do they still fit, do you feel as comfortable or as sexy as you did when you first bought them? If yes, then keep it up, great job. If they are loose, then maybe its time to realize you did better than you goal. Save some money and get slimmer jeans, its okay! If they don't fit, don't fret, time for a reset, figure out what didn't work and what did. Now is the time.
Take some time to do this quick assessment and then begin to make the right choices to have the New Year one that will work for you to reach your health and fitness goals. If you need more exercise, take time to research options. Working with an injury, figure out other ways to continue to stay active while you recover. The New Year is a great time to make changes, but reflect first and make rationale sound choices for your body and age.
Have a great New Year!
Kevin is the Lifestyle Editor and a contributing writer for LuxuriousPROTOTYPE. He is also a contributing writer for the Examiner.com. He can be found on Twitter @Kfeat and also on Google+.