Preparing for Your Best Year of Fitness
If you're getting ready to make New Year's fitness resolutions — don’t. Instead, design a yearlong fitness plan to make sure that you have effective lifestyle changes in place.
Use this yearlong plan to improve your health each month:
February. Focus on fuel. Keep a daily log of what you eat and how you feel. As your body gets used to more activity, you'll naturally crave a lighter diet with less fat and sugar and more vegetables, fruits, and grains. You'll need protein to build muscle. Make sure your daily intake meets your new demands.
March. Check your progress. Look at what you've achieved so far and what's missing. Extreme tiredness, aches, and pains are signs that you're trying to do too much, too soon. If your progress has slowed down or stopped, change your routine to keep your body challenged.
June. Take midcourse action. You're halfway through the year, but are you halfway to your goals? Take a look at how your fitness efforts are affecting the rest of your life. Do you feel less stressed and more productive? Hopefully, the answer is yes.
November. Kick an addiction. Take advantage of your new feeling of power to gain control over an unhealthy habit like smoking, shopping, or drinking too much alcohol. If some habit has taken over your life, you should now find it easier to quit.