Healthy New Year’s Resolutions: Staying Active
At In-Pulse CPR, it’s no secret that we are passionate about health. We provide high quality CPR and first aid training sessions so that participants are ready to assist others when a health emergency occurs. However, we also realize that there is a lot more to healthy living than simply participating in a training session.
It’s hard to believe, but 2016 is starting to wind down. As the new year approaches, many people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. We believe that the most important resolutions are the ones that encourage a healthy lifestyle. If getting more active and increasing your level of physical activity is one of your resolutions for 2017, keep these tips in mind to ensure that you reach your goal.
It’s great to have big goals and dreams, but you can actually set yourself up for failure if you push yourself too hard right away. If you currently spend more time on the couch than you do at the gym, telling yourself that you are going to the gym every single day can be more discouraging than motivating.
As you start getting active, exercising will become easier and easier. Don’t be afraid to start slowly, and work your way up to more intense activities. In addition to keeping you from getting discouraged, it can also protect you from injuries.
Do What You Love
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” This same principle is definitely true when it comes to physical activity! There are so many different options out there, so don’t force yourself to spend time doing things that don’t bring you any joy.
Some people burn calories during solo workouts at the gym, while others love the built-in motivation of group classes. Some people appreciate the privacy of working out at home, while others appreciate soaking up the fresh air outdoors during a long run.
If you aren’t enjoying your fitness routine, don’t be afraid to try something new! When you look forward to your workouts, it’s a lot easier to get off the couch or out of bed.
Set Specific Goals
One of the most common reasons why people don’t stick with their resolutions is the lack of a specific goal. Sure, “getting more active” might sound like a goal, but it’s not specific enough to help you stay consistent.
Setting a specific and measurable goal is a very important part of setting yourself up for success. Some examples of concrete goals include:
-Complete a 5K by June 1
-Work out at the gym for one hour at least 2 times a week
-Participate in yoga once weekly
-Ride bike two miles every weekend
Each person’s needs and interests are different, so it’s OK if your goal doesn’t look like anyone else’s. Don’t worry about what others are doing. Instead, set a goal that is both reachable and measurable.
At In-Pulse CPR, we are grateful to be apart of your journey towards better health. We would love to hear about your healthy New Year’s resolutions so we can cheer for you!