If you are reading this right now, then chances are you have some sort of New Year’s Resolution in mind.
Yes, you, readers. All five of you.
It may be something subtle, like, “Eh, I probably shouldn’t eat so much fast food this year.” Or some more ambitious goal, like, “This year, I shall lose fifty pounds!”
Um, good luck with that.
According to Nielsen, the two most popular New Year’s Resolutions year after year pertain to weight loss and fitness: losing weight, keeping it off, and getting physically fit. It’s almost as though we actually recognize that our bodies aren’t meant to lie around on the couch as we feed them Cheetos and root beer (ew).
So how do we achieve these goals? Do we switch to one of those all-meat-no-bread or all-bread-no-meat diets? Invest a few hundred dollars in a membership at that fancy health club with all the high-tech workout equipment? Buy a FitBit? Pin up inspirational magazine pics of fit, skinny people around our work cubicles?
Well you can, if that’s your thing. But here are two things that will probably work a whole lot better:
- Consume fewer daily calories (No way!)
- Move your body a lot more (*Gasp!*)
I know, I know. These two things are like, physically impossible. But know what? They work for a lot of us. Now, you can join a fancy gym if that’s what works for you, and you can afford it. But really, there are a lot of activities you can try which will help you in your journey, whether your goal is weight loss or maintenance, physical fitness, or just overall enjoyment of life. Here are a few ideas:
Health club/Gym (This means actually going several times a week and like, using the equipment)
Yoga / Zumba / Pilates / Cardio Kickboxing class
Adult sports leagues: Soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball (Especially soccer. Try that one first)
Tennis (try looking for a local meetup group if you need a partner)
Dancing (classes or casually)
Roller skating / ice skating / inline skating
Running (Try Couch to 5K ® if you’re not sure where to begin)
Swimming / water aerobics
Paddleboarding / kayaking / rowing
Cross-fit (Some people love the group experience and varied routines)
Cycling (You don’t need an expensive, fancy bike to enjoy biking, and it’s great local transportation, too)
Just remember: What works for one person may not work for another. I, for example, wouldn’t play basketball if you paid me. But I am crazy about soccer, Frisbee, and tennis. Also, don’t be too quick to decide that a physical activity is not right for you. I was once adamant that my body was not built for running. But I made a commitment to try it for six months, and guess what? I ended up with a body that was built for running. Go figure! At the end of the day, it’s all about which type of exercise will motivate you to get up and move on a regular basis. Every little bit that you do is a step toward achieving your health and fitness goals.