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Ramona Stehle

Most people start the new year with diet and fitness resolutions.

I believe February is a much better time to get started on fitness and diet resolutions.

In January, most of us are still recovering from the holidays and–although we hopefully have started cleaning up our diet–it can be hard to make changes all at once.

I use January to organize my house for the New Year.

I like to:

  • clean out toys for the kids
  • cull through clothes in the closets
  • update the new calendar
  • make new files

–my January is packed! By the time I feel more organized and ready for the new year, it’s almost February!

It’s easier to commit my time to new exercise routines once I’m organized in other areas of my life. Of course, there is always something needing to be done that can distract me from my routines, but there is something about having all that organizing out of the way that gives me the energy to concentrate more on what I want to add to or change about my exercise routine–and I have a decent shot of sticking to it.

Here are a few tips to help you get started on creating or tweaking your new exercise routine:

  1. Consistency: I suggest that you pick a simple routine or a class at the gym and work on consistency first. Even if you cannot always put in the length of time you want, make sure you are doing something on your chosen days. Make very few exceptions to this. The people who increase their fitness or lose weight (whatever the goal is), are the ones who are consistent with their new program.
  2. Do what you can: This goes along with #1. Life will always get in the way! So to ensure that you stay consistent, do something on your chosen day. Do a couple of quick bursts throughout the day if you are not going to make your regular workout. Then add a couple yoga poses and stretches before bed, and you will be surprised at how quickly it adds up. You will also feel better and not beat yourself up about missing class, or whatever you committed to. Also if you can not finish a class that you chose to take, don’t worry. Do what you can and then add some time to it every week.
  3. Have Fun! This is very important. While some people consider exercise to be a necessary evil, it doesn’t have to be that way. For some, classes are a great option, and they’re fun. If you’re someone who finds motivation in being around others, and enjoy working out to good music–group exercise may be just the fun you’re looking for. Other people like to do their own thing. That’s fine–just do what works for you, and recognize that what works may change as your schedule and other demands change. Be flexible and try a few different classes, groups, or try working with a personal trainer to revamp your routine. Don’t shy away from classes that seem hard to follow–those classes are also good for your brain!
  4. Change Up Your Routine: For one, changing up your routine from time to time will keep you from getting bored and losing interest–or dropping your exercise routine all together. But there is also a school of thought that states that your muscles get used to routine and may plateau–so varying your routine every few months may help you break through those plateaus.

by Exercise Physiologist Ramona Stehle

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