It's February - do you know where your resolutions are?
It's far too common for people to set their resolutions for January 1st, and to lose their way within the first month or two. What are some of the best tips for getting back on the road to meeting your goals?
Start journaling - As we've discussed before, keeping a fitness journal can help you double your progress! The more detailed the better, but at the very least, keep a detailed food journal and note your weight and reps of all your primary exercises, along with the details of your MetCon (metabolic conditioning) workout.
Play more - Your mind may perceive "exercise" as drudgery. Go ride your bike, play in the pool with your kids, hike, snowshoe, or join an Ultimate league!
Eat breakfast - Advanced folks may have gotten some decent results from IF (Intermittent Fasting). For the "resolutioner", starting the day with a breakfast rich in protein, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats is a critical step!
Sign up for a challenge - We're less than four months out from the Bolder Boulder, a month away from the CrossFit Games open competition, and less than four weeks from the Natural Athlete Strength Association's Colorado State Powerlifting/Power Sports meet. Find a competition or challenge that excites you, and sign up now!
Build resentment - While most good tips are built on positive actions and thoughts, there may be benefits in the occasional negative idea. Commercial gyms depend on the good intentions of determined resolution-makers to fund them for a good part of the year (their business model depend heavily on people who sign long-term contracts then rarely show up). Beat them at their own game - show up!
Drink your water - Due to our altitude and climate, Colorado residents lose more moisture through the breath and the skin than our counterparts in more humid states. Eight 8 oz glasses is a good rule of thumb, but that can be modified up or down based on what your own body needs.
Maximize your NEPA - Non-Exercise Physical Activity, or NEPA, can be the extra bit that makes the difference between meeting your goals and failing at them. Take the stairs!
Find a partner - A workout partner or group can be the "bump" you need to ensure you make it to your workouts. Enlist the help of a friend, or just go on Meetup to find a group.
Make it short - You don't need to do two-hour workouts every day. In fact, trying to dedicate yourself to a long workout may be overwhelming enough to your schedule to convince you to skip it for today if you already have to much to do. As little as 14 minutes can give you a great workout without cutting into everything else you need to do.
New Year's resolutions can be the start of a new life, but if you've strayed from the path, it's important to get back on track today. Use these tips and get back to it!