Here it is, your annual refresher! Whether you intentionally don’t set resolutions to go into effect January 1, or you’re a die-hard resolutionist, it can be either very daunting to think of setting goals, or feel easy to set goals, and hard to be successful at achieving them! And, you’re far from alone if you stray from your resolutions, even in the first weeks of the year!
Take some of the pressure off.
There’s this great song by The Rocket Summer called Cars and the Pixies (Happy New Year), that has a bunch of lines that I really love—one of which is “Who says it has to be the new year to start a new year?”
While all of your family and friends may be kicking off their New Years Resolutions on January 1, 2018, you don’t have to! The problem with this is, it feels like “all or nothing”, and if you mess up, you’ve gotta wait all the way till the next New Year’s Day. That’s simply not true! If you feel that the pressure of January 1 might get to you, consider starting on a different day.
Plus, if your goals include fitness, I know for a fact that the gym crowd (at least among the university crowd) thins out by February. Start taking small steps towards your goals in the meantime, but keep the pressure off—a specific day or a month doesn’t make a difference, it’s that you feel ready to go!
Chat with your doctor
Making changes to your diet or fitness routine can be a great resolution to set. For those of us with medical conditions, it can be a bit more challenging to make these modifications if we’re fearing loss of control of our medical condition, or injuring ourselves. Chat with your doctor so you know the best steps to take to stay healthy while you work towards your new goals.
If exercise is among your goals, feeling safe while doing it is extremely important. Medical ID jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet, can help you feel more at ease if your fitness program doesn’t go quite as expected.
Ask for help!
If your goal is to hit the gym but you’ve never even seen a weight machine before (I have a degree in physical and health education, and I don’t even know what half of these things are called!), ask for help! Most gyms have staff ready to help newcomers. If you want some coaching, you can usually book personal training by the hour—if that seems out of reach, contact a local university to see if they have students requiring practicum hours in personal training… it’s a win-win for you and the students. And if the task of buying new running shoes seems too daunting, ask a friend who’s into fitness for help, or go chat with the salespeople. Admitting you have no idea what you want is often a good place to start, believe it or not!
Plan it out: Learn the fun way
There are tons of websites about health and fitness out there, but they can be tough to navigate, throwing a million things at you at once. Here are some basics for getting started with fitness and nutrition:
- EatRight.org: Nutrition can help you navigate meal planning, myths and facts, helping kids eat better at home and school, and even special diets such as vegetarianism.
- Straight up here from Lifehacker: How to start exercising when you’re already overweight.Yep, you can do it!
- Need a workout but no idea where to start? Greatist has you covered, including no equipment required workouts—which really = no excuses taken! There’s a circuit routine for your dorm room, so you can’t even tell me that your apartment is too small.
- If you have a medical condition, speaking with an educator may help—for instance, Certified Diabetes Educators and Certified Asthma Educators have a lot of tools to help you get started with exercise if you have these conditions.
What are your goals for 2018? Let us know in the comments!
Happy New Year!