January 1, 2014: It’s Just Another Tomorrow

Happy 2014. No matter how 2013 started and ended for you, today is ultimately just another day. It’s yesterday’s tomorrow. January 1, 2014 doesn’t mean that your mind or body are necessarily any different. You can do anything you want to.

My 2013 had a lot of ups and downs. But every day is a new day. Yes, today does start a whole new calendar year, but don’t start your goals just because it’s 2014 or a new year—start your goals as soon as you conceive them, whether it’s March 7, August 10, December 30, or January 1.

There are two things that most people seem to start the new year off with:
1)      Creating goals or resolutions just because it’s a new year.
2)      Telling themselves that they going to eat healthy and work out more starting January 1.

In response to #1, I say this…. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “There’s no time like the present.” Time will pass no matter what, so don’t wait for a calendar date to start pursuing something you have passion for. Two years ago I quit my full-time desk job and started my own company in the beginning of December. I didn’t wait for the new year—I knew what I wanted and I went for it. Make a pact with yourself to start chasing your goals as soon as you think of them.

As for #2…. My job is to help others discover how exercise and specific workouts can help them achieve their goals while also discussing nutrition. I’m not a doctor or a dietician, but I know that my workouts can help people. There are often two problems come January 1, though.

The first is that people wait until January 1 to start working out when it is scientifically proven that we gain more weight between November 1 and January 1 then we do the whole rest of the year. It’s also scientifically proven that exercise—of any duration, form, or intensity—can help curb cravings, decrease stress, increase food consciousness, and help you sleep better, which are all things that we need especially during the chaotic holiday season. I know it’s after the holidays now, but my message to you is that exercising is necessary to a healthy, happy you, no matter the time of the year or how much you have going on. Make yourself a priority and fit some exercise in!

The second is that there’s a huge misconception about how much time it takes to get fit. Yes, your best chance of losing weight and toning up in a short (3-6 month) period of time comes from exercising 30-60 minutes most days of the week; however, you don’t NEED to work out that much to experience all of the benefits of exercise. My clients often tell me that they don’t have time to exercise. My response is to get in a 5-minute workout whenever you can. Most people don’t understand that 5 minutes really can make a difference. Fitness is not an all-or-nothing thing. You can do several 5-minute workouts throughout the day and that counts as a workout! Exercise is everything—walking while on the phone, gardening, playing with the kids, Just Dance on the Wii, cleaning the house, etc.—you don’t need a gym or weights.

So what are you going to do to get your heart rate up today? 🙂

“The best corrective exercise isn’t exercise—it’s a state of mind. Less stress and more happiness result in fewer aches and pains.” –Justin Price, MA, cocreator or the BioMechanics Method