As January comes to an end, many people start slipping when it comes to their New Year's resolutions. Some of the most common resolutions are to lose weight, work out more, or eat healthier. However, when even getting out of bed in the morning seems like a gargantuan task, most people need some re-energizing during the dreary winter months. If you find your exercise routine disappearing in the galaxy far, far away, here are some tips on how to incorporate movement back into your life. These are things you can do every day, if you only think about them:
- Park your car further from the entrance to wherever you are going and walk.
- Plan your errands ahead, park centrally and walk in between the stores/places you need to go.
- Don't do drive through. Park your car and walk.
- Don't drive up to your mailbox. Park and walk back to it.
- Take a walk with your child, husband, wife, or partner after you get home. If they don't want to go or if it is too boring, take your dog for a walk. If you don't have a dog, offer to take your neighbor's dog - it will be so very grateful to you and it will make you feel better too!
- Walk faster. You may not realize it, but picking up the pace a notch will make a difference.
- Don't ask anyone favors. Get up and do it yourself.
- If you have a multiple story house, go to the bathroom on a different floor than you are at that point.
- Try to do one push up and one sit up every day, you'll be surprised how quickly you'll be able to add more.
- Have your gym bag always in your car, you never know, you might just want to go on a spur of the moment. Make sure you have work out clothes you are comfortable with. Think about exercising as you time, use it for thinking and reflecting on your life.
- Don't do car wash. Wash your own car, you'll be surprised how many muscles will be at work!
- Sing in your car and dance in your house! It will make you feel better mentally too.
Those are just simple things that you can incorporate in your life right away. You will see that the more you move, the more you will want to move. Wear a pedometer, make it fun! See how many steps you make in a day, try and challenge yourself for more. Play a game with your family of friends. Visit a friend who has a 'Wii sports' and play around with it. Soon enough you will want to drop by the gym or run instead of walk with the dog. And remember, there is no failure. Every day is a new day. Get up and try again.
As Mary Pickford's quote says: "You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not falling down, but staying down."
Sources: AP Photo/Gero Breloer